Dental veneer is a thin but solid porcelain shell that is fixed (glued) on the front side of your tooth.
It’s function is to improve the shape and color of your natural tooth and protect it.
Veneer is very thin between 0.3 and 0.5 mm so the tooth is shaved very slighly.
After the veneer is installed it is not possible to differ it from your natural teeth.
Veneer is a modern way to solve such problems as an ugly shape of tooth, insufficient height, enamel roughness, pigmentation, spots on enamel, interdental gaps, an irregularly growing tooth, cracks, seals and others.
Did you know that the radiant smiles of celebrities with their perfectly even teeth are in most cases not a gift of generous nature, but the result of using veneers?
The idea of veneers is not new – back in the 1920s, actors glued thin plate on their tooth to create an illusion of a perfect smile. That was a temporary solution – such the records lasted only a few days, only until the end of filming. Since then, much has changed.
Modern veneers are a work of art made on a high level, they are able to solve many cosmetic problems: from cracks and uneven teeth to sensitive enamel.
Veneer is a thin, but very flexible plate, which is attached to front part of the tooth and literally transforms it, according to veneers definition. To install veneers, teeth need to be slightly sharpened (and far from being as strong as installing a crown!).
Simply put, veneers for teeth are modern alternative to dental crowns. And although it is usually impossible to replace dental crowns in all cases, dental veneers are very widespread in cosmetic dentistry.
What are the problems veneers solve?
Veneers solve two groups of problems: functional and cosmetic.
• the shape and height of the teeth;
• roughness of enamel, its pigmentation;
The functional are:
• teeth defects – cracks or chips;
• increased interdental spaces;
• mild occlusion defects (for instance, one tooth is much shorter than all the teeth in the same row).