VENEERS

Veneers are thin facings that are permanently bonded to the visible side of the tooth. They can be made of either porcelain or composite resin. Veneers require full treatment planning with an analysis of the smile, and may require tooth reduction. Veneers are usually only indicated on teeth visible in a smile.

Indications:

• Tooth discolorations unable to be removed by whitening
• Misaligned teeth
• Space closure between teeth

Advantages:

• Very good esthetics
• Able to avoid orthodontic treatment, and hence faster results
• Porcelain will not discolor
• Composite resin veneers are easily repaired

Disadvantages:

• High cost
• May require tooth reduction
• Longevity and durability is low to moderate and almost solely dependent on strength and durability of the cement
• Porcelain is susceptible to fracture and not easy to repair
• Composite resin veneers will discolor