A veneer is a wafer-thin, slender piece of porcelain material used to conceal the front part of a tooth in order to upgrade the aesthetics and to guard the tooth’s surface against harm. Veneer is used to rectify the visual deficiencies like damaged enamel, discolored tooth, worn down tooth, chipped or broken tooth, or skewed tooth. Veneer can hide unwanted colors from a root-filled tooth and restore whitening to a darker tooth. Dentists recommend veneer to fill a gap between teeth and fix minor twists and overlaps. Veneer can restore the natural smile of a person. Veneer is made from a small shell of porcelain or resin composite and is attached to the front of the teeth. The advantage of using porcelain veneer is that it can withstand stains and better imitates the shiny properties of natural teeth. A composite veneer is usually slimmer and requires less removal of the tooth surface before placement. Since veneer is individually carved for each patient, it is almost not possible to find the dissimilarity between a veneer and a normal tooth.
Getting a dental veneer requires several trips to the dentist including one for consultation. The dentist will possibly take an x-ray of the tooth and make impressions of it and send it to the laboratory to make the veneer. The dentist will remove about half a millimeter of the enamel from the tooth’s surface, which is almost equal to the thickness of the veneer. Once the veneer is ready, the dentist will examine whether it will fit the tooth by temporary placing it. After properly positioning it, the dentist will cement the veneer to the tooth making a perfect adjustment. In some cases, the dentist will allow a diagnostic wax-up in which the patient can try out a veneer before proceeding with the final treatment.