Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or composite which are placed over the face of the tooth to recreate a natural look. They provide resilience and strength to teeth that may be discolored, uneven, or chipped through altering the size, shape and color.
There are two kinds of veneers available, these are porcelain or composite. Both materials provide a similar aesthetic appeal, however the material strength and durability differs between the two.
Porcelain veneers are usually most popular as they are the best choice for treating damaged or discolored teeth. Within the treatment process, a small layer of the front surface of the tooth is removed (around 4mm) to allow space for the veneer to sit. These are then permanently cemented to the front of the tooth and aligned to fill gaps that may be present.
Composite veneers are an alternative option that requires less of the tooth surfaced to be removed during treatment. They are created through applying layers of bonded composite to the tooth surface which are then cured and hardened. The veneer is then polished and smoothed to recreate the natural look of the tooth. In comparison to porcelain, the composite veneers are not as strong, therefore they may not last as long.