veneers-5Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, much like a false fingernail fits over a nail, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the tooth’s surface from damage. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement such as Panavia. veneers-4In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated. Veneers can improve the color, shape and position of your teeth and the color of a porcelain veneer can be selected so that it makes dark teeth appear whiter. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again and can also be used to close gaps. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others. Porcelain veneers are stain resistant. Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well. Veneers should last for many years; but they can chip or break, just as your own teeth can. (credit: