Veneers are specially manufactured, very thin shells that can be fixed to the front of the front teeth to conceal aesthetic imperfections. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
- - Teeth that are discolored -- either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
- - Teeth that are worn down
- - Teeth that are chipped or broken
- - Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
- - Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)