Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth often metioned in regard to the „Hollywood smile“. Porcelain veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth, and to improve a smile. Highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking, the wafer-thin porcelain veneers can achieve a tenacious bond to the tooth, resulting in an esthetically pleasing naturalness that is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic.
The best quality veneers are Empress IPS (Ivoclar) and of course the Procera Veneer (NobelBiocare). The latest trend is the no-prep veneer that are made without filling the tooth at all.