A veneer is like a half crown. It is a thin layer of porcelain which is made to fit over the front surface of the tooth like a false fingernail fits over a nail.

Veneers are used to improve the colour, shape and position of the teeth. If you have a single tooth that is discoloured or you want to lighten the front teeth then veneers can be used to do this. They can also be used to fix broken or chipped teeth or even to fill in small gaps between the teeth when braces are unsuitable.

Veneers are prepared in a very similar way to crowns but only a very thin piece of enamel is removed from the front tooth to the same thickness to what the veneer will be. Because such a small area of tooth is removed it is sometimes not necessary for a temporary veneer to be placed between the two visits.

Veneers are secured in place with a special dental cement that creates a very strong bond like super-glue so it can last for many years. They can chip or break just like a real tooth can but small chips can be repaired or the veneer can be replaced.