Veneers are thin layers of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, whilst also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make minor position alterations or to change tooth shape, size and/or colour.
Porcelain laminate veneers consist of several thin ceramic layers which replace the original tooth enamel. To fit a veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than 1 millimetre. This is essential as it creates room for the veneers to fit within the mouth and restore the natural tooth function while creating an even better appearance than the original tooth.
The bond between original tooth and veneer is essential as it not only provides the aesthetic perfection desired but also a strong bond which is crucial for correct function. Light sensitive resin is placed between the tooth and the veneers and then hardened using a special curing light.
With veneers as opposed to crowns, your natural teeth remain largely intact with only a minimal amount being altered to fit the veneer.