A Dental Veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth. It is very similar to the way a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural coloured ‘composite bonding’ material is used instead of porcelain.
Dental Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy, and because they are so thin are held in place by a special strong bond. This means very little preparation of the tooth is needed.
Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured or stained tooth. They can also be used to lighten front teeth (usually the upper ones). A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Dental Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.