A veneer (or facing) is a shield applied to the front of your tooth. There are various possible reasons for choosing veneers. Examples include:
Veneers can be applied in composite or porcelain.
Composite veneers are applied to your teeth directly in the chair. We use a good filling material that can be polished. Advantages are that it is cost-effective and easier to modify in the future than porcelain veneers. One drawback is that it can be more difficult to achieve a natural shape and colour than with porcelain veneers. The treatment is quite similar to making a ‘regular’ filling.
Porcelain veneers are made in the lab after preparing the front teeth by removing a layer of its outer surface. It is quite similar to making a regular crown (see also crown and bridgework tab). The stages to be completed are the same; preparation and impression, then placement of the veneer(s) 2 to 3 weeks later. In the meantime, you have temporary veneers attached using temporary cement. Advantages are that it is easier to achieve top-level shape and colour, and porcelain is very colour fast and always has high gloss. The disadvantage is that a porcelain veneer is more costly (similar to a regular crown) than a composite veneer.
For highly aesthetic cases, you may choose to have a set made up in the dental lab beforehand. The end goal is then predetermined and the work to be done is more predictable.