A dental veneer is a material shell used within cosmetic dentistry to protect, as well as cover, teeth. Veneers are available in both composite and dental porcelain materials. Composite veneers differ from dental porcelain ones in that composites can be directly placed within the mouth, bonded with dental cement. Porcelain models can only be established by proxy.
There are two reasons for a patient to require dental veneers.
- The first reason is purely for aesthetic purposes. Veneers are more than capable of covering up any discolorations or gaps in a patient’s smile, such as may occur from receding gums or adult teeth that aligned improperly, as well as providing an increased level of resistance against the staining that is common from the frequent use of tea, coffee, or smoking.
- The second reason is for protective measures. Veneers are an excellent choice to protect and secure a chipped, cracked, or damaged tooth from plaque, decay, and other nasty oral hazards.
Any dental technician is more than capable of applying a single veneer to a tooth to fix up deficiencies, or even applying several veneers next to each other in order to produce an enviable smile devoid of yellowing, gum recession, or asymmetry.