Procedures

Veneers

Veneer, side view

Veneers are porcelain or plastic coverings that are glued onto the surface of a tooth to improve the appearance. They are like false fingernails. They are good for masking mild to moderately discoloured teeth but not advisable if the tooth is already heavily filled.

The advantage of this technique is that there is less drilling of the tooth compared to preparing a crown.  The more we drill a tooth the weaker it becomes and the more likely we are to damage the nerve inside the tooth.

Disadvantages are that drilling the tooth is an irreversible procedure.  As veneers have a limited lifespan they will require ongoing replacement procedures.  Tooth whitening may be a more suitable alternative for your needs.