Veneers are dental restorations placed over your natural teeth to enhance your smile and oftentimes improve your dental health. Depending on your specific situation, they can be placed directly with a composite resin material, or they can be made specifically for you by a dental laboratory from a wafer thin shell of glass-like porcelain that is bonded onto the front of your tooth. Veneers are a conservative way to make changes to teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned.
Not every person is a candidate for dental veneers. The patient’s occlusion (bite), periodontal health, nocturnal habits (clenching or grinding), and cavity rate need to be taken into consideration. Frequently, an occlusal guard will be recommended to protect the porcelain from chipping or becoming unbonded. These are proven restorations that have benefitted many in a variety of ways.