A less invasive solution, veneers are thin, shell-like structures that cover the front side of teeth. Made from tooth-colored materials, veneers are permanently bonded to the patient’s tooth in an effort to provide a more natural looking tooth. They cover up stains, cracks and decay while also protecting the remaining natural tooth underneath. Traditional veneers are made from porcelain; however, there are modern solutions made from various ceramics that provide more strength than porcelain veneers.
Veneers can be placed directly on top of existing teeth, or the doctor may reduce a portion of the front tooth structure in order to maintain the overall shape and size of the tooth with the addition of the veneer. This reduction also can help to get rid of any damaged tooth structure.