A veneer is an extremely natural looking dental restoration that covers the outside or visible surface of teeth. A veneer can change shape and color of a tooth as well as hide defects. It is bonded into place and cannot be taken off.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What material is in a Veneer?
Veneers are made of very thin tooth-colored porcelain.
- What are the benefits of having a Veneer?
• Veneers can change the size, shape and color of teeth.
• Veneers are porcelain and will not stain.
• Veneers remove minimal tooth structure and are the most
conservative porcelain restoration
- What are the risks of having a Veneer?
In having a veneer, some inherent risks exist both to the tooth and to the veneer itself. The risks to the tooth are:
• Preparation for a veneer permanently alters the tooth
underneath the veneer.
• If the cement seal at the edge of the veneer is lost, decay may form at the juncture of the veneer and tooth.
• Preparing for and placing a veneer can irritate the tooth and
cause “post-operative” sensitivity which may last for up to 3
• Teeth which have had veneers may need root canal treatment less than 1% of the time during the lifetime of the tooth.
The risks to the veneer are:
• Porcelain may chip over time.
• If the tooth needs a root canal treatment after the veneer
is permanently cemented, the procedure may fracture the
veneer and the veneer may need to be replaced.
- What are the alternatives to Veneers?
Alternatives to placing a veneer are to either leave the tooth as is or to place a composite restoration. Composite restorations remove decay but are limited because they will stain more and do not change the size and color of teeth as well as veneers.
- How can an existing bite affect a Veneer?
Bite problems may lead to the veneer chipping or breaking.
- Are there any post-treatment limitations once I have a Veneer?
• Porcelain on a veneer may have a good color match with
adjacent natural teeth when the veneer is placed but less of a
match as your natural teeth age.
• A veneer may chip or break if used for abnormal activities (e.g.,
biting fishing line, sewing thread, biting finger nails, opening