Veneers are wafer thin laminates or shells of tooth colored material (which can be either porcelain, ceramic or
composite bonding material) that are “cemented” to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic
appearance. Many dentists use the analogy that dental veneers are for your teeth what false finger nails are
for your hands. In a similar manner to how false finger nails are placed or glued to your existing fingernails,
veneers are bonded to the front of your existing teeth.
There are a wide variety of reasons why patients opt for treatment with dental veneers:
Stained Teeth - badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening can greatly be improved by dental veneers, which function to cover and "hide" any existing stains on your natural teeth.
Damaged Teeth - teeth that have either become badly worn with excessive grinding, by carbonated drinks, or have been chipped or broken in an accident can benefit from veneers. A small chip on a tooth can quickly be repaired with composite bonding or "composite veneers" which are one and the same thing. A single damaged tooth can easily be repaired with a single porcelain veneer that has the same characteristics and color to match your surrounding teeth so that it looks natural.Gaps - spaces or gaps between your teeth can be easily closed using dental veneers giving you a more uniform looking smile.Crooked teeth - although veneers are not the ideal treatment choice for crooked teeth and from a point of view of preserving your natural teeth structure orthodontics or invisalign braces would probably a better solution.However, treatments can take up to a year or longer with braces. For teeth that are not severely crooked veneers placed over their front surface will give a straight and perfectly aligned looking smile. For this type of treatment many people refer to veneers as "instant orthodontics" since you get a similar end result in a fraction of the time.”