Veneers are thin laminates or shells of tooth coloured porcelain that are “cemented” to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance. They can cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment, close spacing and repair chips or cracks. They are also used to mask unsightly intrinsic stains within the tooth (eg: due to tetracycline ingestion while tooth development was taking place)
Suitable situations for placing veneers include:
2 visits are all that is required to fabricate veneers. During the first visit, the teeth are roughened in order to allow the veneers to adhere to the tooth structure. A mould is taken which is then sent to the laboratory for fabrication of the porcelain. Once the veneers are ready, they are cemented onto the front surfaces of the teeth irreversibly. If well taken care of, veneers can last 10-15 years.
Good oral hygiene practices including brushing and flossing will ensure that the veneers last a long time. Veneers, like your natural tooth structure, can chip or break if it is subject to heavy biting and large forces and patient should avoid these.