Dental Veneers are ultra-thin layers of translucent porcelain that are bonded on top of existing enamel. Most often, some of the enamel needs to be stripped off so that the end result does not look like bulky over-contoured chiclets. On occasion, where teeth are not very prominent, no-prep or minimal-prep veneers may be possible.

Veneers restorations are utilized to improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, worn, discolored, misaligned or blemished. If the tooth core is very dark then a veneer may not be able to mask out enough of an underlying blemish and the dark stump may show through. In these instances crowns may be more suitable.

When Dental Veneers are made by skilled Dentists and skilled Dental Technicians, they can become the most beautiful of all restorations, sometimes looking better than natural enamel itself. Veneers are more fragile than crowns so that extra care needs to be exercised so as not to crack or chip them (do not open cellophane bags or cut thread with your veneers).  If not abused, veneers can easily last for ten years or longer.

Minimal Preparation Veneers ( 0.3 mm. thick ) – On the first image you can actually see the background color through the semi-transparent veneer


For other case pictures of Dental Veneers, see the Treatment Examples heading in the menu bar at the top of this page.