Veneers are usually made from porcelain and are thin coverings that are custom-made to fit over existing teeth. They are held in place by a special resin and result in durable coverings that can be a cosmetic fix for spaces in between teeth, broken or chipped teeth, stained fillings, correcting crooked or uneven teeth, or even whitening.
Veneers are fitted by a dentist in an almost painless procedure. Once fitted, they last many years and look completely natural. After 5 to 10 years, the wearer should replace their veneers.
The dentist will remove only the tiniest amount of natural tooth structure if any before attaching the veneers. The veneers are strong and durable and the color should remain unstained. A resin filling can be used when only a small amount of the tooth needs replacing or repair, or a full crown might be used if there was a root canal treatment or if all the enamel was lost. The dentist takes an impression of the tooth to make an exact replica.
Having veneers placed on your teeth is painless and they can last for years, depending on how well you take care of them. They are quite resistant to stains and chipping, within reason. Veneers are cared for in the same way as natural teeth and should be subject to regular cleaning and dentist check-ups.
Veneers provide a beautiful smile and some people have them added even when they have no problems other than a bit of staining. The white look of the veneers normally lasts for the life of the veneers, which is about 5 to 10 years.