Veneers, also known as porcelain veneers or laminates, are very thin custom-made shells made from porcelain or resin and are bonded to the front surface of teeth.
Veneers provide a natural tooth appearance and gum tissue tolerates porcelain well. Porcelain veneers are stain resistant and we can adjust their color to make dark teeth appear whiter. Veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.
Veneers can be used to modify color, shape, size, or length of healthy teeth only. They are ideal for cases when healthy teeth are discolored, worn down, chipped, misaligned, uneven, or have gaps between them.
Veneers are not a good choice for individuals with unhealthy teeth, active gum disease, large dental fillings, or for those who have an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface. Because veneers are bonded or attached to the existing tooth surface, any existing fillings, crowns or other restorations will not allow the veneer to attach properly creating microscopic gaps between the tooth and the veneer. This will allow bacteria to penetrate under the veneer. As such, tooth decay and the detachment of veneers from the teeth would be inevitable.