A porcelain veneer (dental veneer, dental porcelain laminate, tooth veneer) is a thin coating of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth. Porcelain veneers can be used to lighten discolored teeth, to close spaces between front teeth and to straighten slanting teeth.
Porcelain veneers are regularly used to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped or misaligned. The ceramic material is bonded to the front of teeth to change the tooth's color, size and shape.
What is the Difference Between Porcelain Veneers & Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns typically enclose an entire tooth while porcelain veneers typically only coat the front of a tooth.
Main advantages of porcelain veneers:
1. Porcelain veneers look just like real teeth. They are translucent, so when they are attached to a tooth's surface, they imitate the light-treating characteristics of enamel.
2. Porcelain veneers have a protection against staining. They are not susceptible to staining and discoloring like other types of dental bonding. This means that the surface of a porcelain veneer will not pick up stable stains.
Disadvantages of porcelain veneers:
- may break off
- irreversible process
Who are porcelain veneers not suitable for?
Porcelain veneers may not be suitable if you:
- have unhealthy teeth
- have weak teeth
- do not have enough tooth enamel
- grind your teeth
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Pricing varies according to the amount of work required, but it can cost many thousands of pounds.