Porcelain Veneers, also known as dental veneers or porcelain laminates, are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to teeth to improve their appearance. Porcelain veneers are frequently used in Cosmetic Dentistry to mask teeth that are damaged, worn, discolored or crooked.
Porcelain veneers utilize materials that can bond to tooth enamel to attach porcelain veneers to teeth. This mimics the translucent surface of a natural tooth, making them very life-like. Another advantage of porcelain veneers is that they are stain resistant. Porcelain is a ceramic, so its surface is smooth and does not permanently stain.
Porcelain veneers can cover or repair minor tooth damage or defects. Veneers can make chipped, misshapen or crooked teeth look more attractive. They can also cover existing fillings that have become stained or discolored. Stained or discolored teeth can benefit from porcelain veneers. As an alternative to Orthodontic procedures, porcelain veneers can be used to cover gaps between teeth.