Porcelain Veneers – and several alternatives
For many years porcelain veneers have been the most commonly provided type of veneer. They can be used to change the shade, shape, position or size of teeth and also to close or reduce gaps between teeth.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory on precision models of your teeth, created from very accurate impressions of your prepared teeth.
The tooth under the new porcelain veneer frequently needs adjustment or preparation to create enough space to place the veneer.
In some situations (such as where a tooth is being moved forward, or where a small tooth is being made bigger), it’s certainly true that it may be possible to avoid any preparation. However, don’t be mislead: to make your final veneers look good it’s unusual NOT to have to remove some part of the front surface of the tooth.
As a result, we’ll always make sure that you understand the irreversible nature of most porcelain veneers: it’s not always possible to remove a veneer and return your tooth to its original state. This issue alone may influence the type of veneer you choose.