Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic restorations used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength comparable to natural tooth enamel. Veneers are a great choice for those looking to make to change tooth shape, size, and/or color as well as to close spaces between the teeth and restore chipped and worn tooth structure.
In some cases, stains do not respond well to tooth whitening and in these situations, a porcelain veneer may be the best option. Unlike natural teeth and composite restorations (tooth colored fillings/bondings), veneers resist staining because they are made of high-tech ceramics.
A veneer is a very conservative treatment option. Only a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than a millimeter, to create room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and make any alterations to the tooth size/shape/color needed.
To protect the veneers and insure a long lifespan, if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, Dr. Nagle may recommend a nighttime bite guard so you do not damage your new veneers.