Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth. The veneer is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. Veneers are a quick and effective solution to stained, chipped, misshaped or crooked teeth. They can also be used to cover gaps in teeth where orthodontic treatment may not be suitable.
Your dentist will do a smile analysis to determine which steps are necessary to achieve the smile that you desire. In addition, your dentist may create a diagnostic mock-up so you can see if the final result is what you are looking for.
A thin layer of tooth surface (usually less than 1mm) can be removed to create room for the veneer. You might be given a local anaesthetic as a precaution, but the procedure shouldn't cause you pain. Once your tooth has been prepared, your teeth will be scanned and the image sent to the lab. You may have a temporary cover placed over your tooth while your veneer is being created.
Once the veneer is ready, it'll be attached to your tooth and amended if necessary, before being permanently secured to it. Once you're happy with it, you'll need to ensure you take good care of your new veneer, just as with the rest of your teeth. With proper care, veneers can last for years, but they can be replaced should any damage occur.
It is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and an original tooth. Veneers as oppose to crown will allow your natural teeth to remain largely intact.