Veneers

Are you too self-conscious to smile because your teeth are chipped, discoloured, or poorly spaced? Cheer up, your dentist may be able to apply a porcelain laminate veneer to your teeth and give them a whole new appearance. Veneers are strong, thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the teeth. They are used to repair chipped, decayed or stained teeth and may help in closing gaps between teeth. With a bit of contouring, veneers may also correct slightly crowded or overlapping teeth. If your teeth have discoloured with age, a veneer may improve their appearance.

Veneers can also be used for cosmetic reasons instead of crowns, which are more often used for badly damaged or decayed teeth. The tooth enamel may need to be reduced slightly in order to accommodate the veneer. Veneer preparations frequently require the use of local anesthetic and, depending on colour and shade, may take more than one appointment to complete.