A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect a damage that that has occurred to a tooth’s surface.Veneers can be direct composite or fabricated from porcelain. Many dentists think of veneers as what fake acrylic nails are to your nails.
Why would I need a veneer?
- Veneers can to be used to treat badly discolored teeth and improve the aesthetics of a patients smile
- Small gaps between teeth can easily be improved or closed with dental veneers
- A damaged tooth that has been fractured may also require a veneer
What types of veneers are there?
- In modern dentistry there are many different types of laboratory veneers but the basic discrimination between the types is either composite veneers or porcelain veneers.
- The most popular type is porcelain as they last longer and so do not stain as easily as composite veneers. They also tend to give a better aesthetic result although therefore they are more expensive.
- Porcelain veneers will typically last between five and ten years, while composite veneers can become stained within a year or two.