Veneers are very thin, tooth shaped pieces of porcelain that are bonded to front teeth. They are custom fabricated in a laboratory to very precise shape and color standards and will improve your smile in ways that range from subtle to amazingly dramatic, depending on initial conditions.
Veneers are one of the main building blocks in cosmetic dentistry because they produce beautiful, uniform, white, even smiles. They are used to correct crooked, misshapen, discolored, chipped, worn and stained teeth. They can also correct teeth that are too small or too large and can fill any unwanted or uneven spaces.
Veneers can sometimes also be used as alternatives to crowns. They are very durable, but may eventually need replacement.
Veneers usually require two dental appointments and normally require little, if any, anesthesia. Teeth to be veneered are prepared by buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the tiny thickness of the veneer. A mold (impression) is then taken and you and your dentist will choose a color (shade).
On the second appointment the teeth are cleaned using special liquids to allow durable bonding. Bonding cement is placed between the tooth and the veneer and is then set and hardened using a special curing light.