A veneer is a thin shell, wafer-thin (approx. 0,5 mm) of porcelain or composite that is bonded to a tooth to improve its color and shape. They can be used to close spaces between teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained or dark teeth, protect teeth from damage.
They are fixed permanently to the tooth’s front surface using a special adhesive method. The porcelain facing covers the visible surface of the tooth completely. The chemical bond between porcelain and enamel creates a translucent, tooth-shaded unit with perfect natural aesthetics. Even a dentist can have difficulty telling veneered teeth from untreated ones.
The main advantage lies in the veneers’ outstanding aesthetics, which are by far superior to that of metal core crowns. In comparison to a crown, the transitional area of the wafer-thin porcelain facing is almost invisible and needs not to be placed under the gums. Gingivitis, receding gums, and exposed crown margins are problems often associated with crowns, but not with veneers. Before veneering treatment, we recommend whitening discolored teeth using a gentle bleaching process. This avoids the risk of unsightly shade effects. In comparison with traditional crowns, veneering is much more conservative, and only minimal substance is removed from the tooth.
Veneers are the first choice when correcting the form of anterior teeth. They allow successful correction of tooth misalignment, gaps, form, and shade, with superb aesthetics.
Once fitted, porcelain facings are robust, do not discolour, and need no extra care other than normal, regular and efficient oral hygiene.