What Dental Problems do Veneers Fix?

Veneers are sometimes called laminates. They are custom made, super thin shells designed to cover the surface of the teeth. Ultimately, they are to help improve a person’s appearance. The tooth colored shells are glued, or bonded to the front portion of a tooth. They may change the color, size, length or shape of the teeth.

What are veneers made out of?

Veneers are usually made from either a resin composite, or porcelain. Porcelain is thought to be a little better since they do a better job of resisting stains. They also tend to look a little more like natural teeth than resin veneers. However, resin veneers are the thinner option. This makes it easier to put the veneer on a tooth’s surface, and not as much of the tooth has to be removed. A dental professional may discuss these two options with you and help you decide which one is best for you.

Why do people use veneers?

There are several problems veneers are used to fix. They are used to cover teeth that are discolored or stained. Sometimes excessive use of fluoride can stain the teeth as can tetracycline. They can also become discolored after a root canal treatment. Veneers are also a good option for some types of damaged teeth like those that are worn down, chipped or broken. They may also be used if a tooth is misaligned, or oddly shaped, or if there is an unsightly gap that needs to be filled in.