Veneers are cardboard thin layers of material bonded on the external tooth surface concealing such tooth defects as yellowing, unevenness, irregular shape, chips or malposition.
Veneers are fabricated in a dental laboratory using a dental impression made from the specially prepared patient's teeth. Tooth prior preparation means taking a thin layer of enamel off. The fabricated veneers are bond to teeth with a special solution. The advantage of veneers in leveling and improving the tooth's look is obvious in comparison with the crowns. There is no need to grind off the whole tooth, just a thin layer of enamel is enough. Tooth's integrity remains virtually intact.
Veneers which don't require buffing the teeth (lumineers) is the most advanced treatment in aesthetic dentistry. Lumineers are ceramic shells which are bonded to the front surface of the front teeth without buffing them.
Veneers, compared to other types of dental restorations, have two main advantages:
a) porcelain veneers make a tooth look natural;
b) porcelain veneers don't get stains.