Veneers can help a wide variety of patients with a multitude of problems rejuvenate their smiles. Most often, veneers are used for discolored teeth, teeth that are worn down, broken or chipped teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, or even to fill gaps in between teeth. Sometimes, a patient is born with teeth that they feel are just too small for their mouths. In cases like those, dentists can use veneers to enlarge a patient’s teeth and give fullness to their smile.
Porcelain veneers are advantageous to many patients since they provide a natural appearance. Generally, gums tissue tolerates the porcelain material well. Porcelain is also more stain resistant than materials used in the past and are more likely to maintain their shine, brilliance, and translucency over time.
Over the last several years new bonding techniques have increased the effectiveness of veneers as well. These new techniques allow veneers to be laminated directly to the tooth, so they actually become part of the tooth. These are much stronger than porcelain veneers were in the past.