Porcelain veneers, alternatively termed dental veneers or dental "porcelain laminates" , are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth so to create a cosmetic improvement for a tooth.
Porcelain veneers are routinely used by dentists as a way to make cosmetic changes for teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned.
Porcelain veneer technique utilizes the bonding capability of these materials to securely attach a thin shell of porcelain (the porcelain veneer) to a tooth. Although porcelain is inherently brittle, when it is firmly bonded to a sturdy substructure (a tooth) it becomes very strong and durable.
Two of the greatest advantages of porcelain veneers over other types of cosmetic dental bonding are:
Porcelain veneers create a very life-like tooth appearance.
Porcelain veneers resist staining.