What are Veneers?
Veneers are the material of choice for those seeking to make slight alterations to teeth shape, color, and size. They’re comprised of paper thin caps that bond to teeth and strengthen the enamel. They can be used to correct gaps between teeth, broken or chipped teeth, discoloration, or teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped. Dentists typically use two types of materials when preparing veneers: porcelain and zirconia.
Porcelain is often the medium of choice for professionals. Its light-reflecting qualities allow it to easily mimic the appearance of natural teeth. It also resists stains better than many other materials. Porcelain restoration remains the crown of choice for optimum cosmetic results. It is often used for the front teeth where appearance is a top concern.
Zirconia is known for its durability and resistance to discoloration. It is often used as a base to which porcelain is fused. While as strong as gold, it is translucent, making it much more natural looking. An experienced dentist can determine whether a full porcelain or porcelain + zirconia veneer is best suited for a particular tooth.