Many patients are discovering the benefits of dental veneers. Unlike a dental crown, which covers the entire tooth, a dental veneer is a thin covering that is placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. Dental veneers are applied in a simple, comfortable procedure that takes just a few visits.
Dental veneers are a popular treatment option for several reasons. They generally are placed on upper front teeth that are severely discolored, poorly shaped or slightly crooked. Dental veneers may be used to lighten front teeth that are naturally yellow or have a gray cast and cannot be whitened by bleaching. Dental veneers are sometimes used to correct teeth that are chipped or worn. Dental veneers may also be used to correct uneven spaces or a diastema (a large, noticeable gap between the upper front teeth).
Ceramic dental veneers are extremely thin shells made of a strong and durable dental ceramic. A small amount of enamel is removed from the front and sides of the tooth. This makes room for the dental veneer and prevents the restored tooth from feeling or looking bulky or unnatural.