A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the tooth’s surface from damage. It is a coating used to reshape or brighten teeth that are misshapen or discolored and primarily used for cosmetic purposes, but can be restorative.
Many types of veneers are available -
- Porcelain Veneers : Veneers made from porcelain can be used to change the shade, shape, position or size of teeth and also to close or reduce gaps between teeth.
- Composite Veneers : Dental composite veneers are made using the same type of materials that are used in cosmetic bonding and for many white fillings. Composite veneers are most often provided directly by your dentist at a single visit. The composite is applied to your tooth surface and polished to create the veneer surface.
- No Preparation Veneers : It is an advancement and latest technology in porcelain technology that allows dental technicians to make extremely thin porcelain veneers that can be bonded to teeth without any tooth removal being required.
- Palatal Veneers : This specialised treatment is one option for the management of tooth wear which mainly affects the palate side of your upper front teeth. Palatal veneers can be constructed in gold but can also be made from both porcelain and composite.