It is a thin shell made of porcelain or composite resin, which is attached to the front part of the tooth.
Porcelain veneers (ceramic)
- Do not get stained;
- Do not change colour;
- Look like false nails that are moulded and cemented on the teeth;
- Have a longer lifespan than composite veneers;
- Their fabrication is done in a laboratory – a second visit is necessary to apply the veneers.
- Are done in a single appointment;
- Are less expensive than porcelain veneers;
- Are made directly at the dentist’s office and shaped on the tooth;
- Have a shorter life expectancy than the porcelain veneers (may require touch-ups with time).
Warning! Veneers are not for you if…
- You have cavities or gum disease (you first need to treat them);
- There is not enough enamel on the tooth (reduced adhesion to affix veneers);
- You are missing a large part of the tooth (you will need a dental crown);
- You grind your teeth (because you may damage and even break your veneers). In this situation it is better to opt for a complete crown.