Veneers are restorations that cover the face of the tooth. They can be used in many situations to improve the appearance of the smile and are a minimally invasive technique that can be used with predictability. Veneers are only suitable for specific cases and must be carefully treatment planned.
Veneers can either be fabricated from porcelain or composite.
Porcelain veneers can be made in as little as 0.5mm thin which means that they can be placed on a tooth with minimal or no preparation. The inner surface of the veneer that is bonded to the tooth is specially treated to ensure that the high bond strength is achieved and the outer surface is glazed or polished so that it mimics the natural surface of the tooth and retains its colour.
The tooth is usually minimally prepared and the preparation is kept within the enamel; the outer surface of a tooth.
Porcelain veneers can last for a long time. Longevity is dependent on the initial treatment planning, care of the veneers once they have been placed, regular maintenance, and habits of the patients such as alcohol intake, smoking, oral hygiene etc.
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