What Are Veneers?

In dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect a damage to a tooth’s surface.

There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite and dental porcelain.

  • A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement such as Panavia.
  • A porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated.

When Are Veneers Recommended?

There are several reasons your dentist may recommend veneers for your teeth. Some of these reasons include:

  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Worn down, chipped or broken teeth
  • Misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped teethe
  • To help “fill the gap” between two otherwise healthy teeth

With proper care and dental hygiene, a veneer has a lifespan of 5-10 years.

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