A veneer is a very thin shell of porcelain that can replace or cover part of the enamel of the tooth. Veneers are a popular treatment option for several reasons. With veneers the size, shape and color of the teeth can be altered. Veneers generally are placed on the front teeth. Veneers may be used to lighten front teeth that are discolored and can’t be whitened by bleaching.
Veneers are sometimes used to correct teeth that are chipped or worn. They may also be used to correct uneven spaces or a diastema (a large, noticeable gap between the upper front teeth).
Patients who clench or grind their teeth are not good candidates for veneers, because the thin veneers may chip or break. If you clench or grind, we suggest a plastic dental night-guard be worn while sleeping, which can help minimize stress on the teeth and restorations.
No special maintenance is needed other than good oral hygiene each day and regular preventive visits to our office. Because veneers are somewhat brittle, they may chip or peel. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects, such as pencils or ice.
We have examples of veneers in our photo section.