“A thin layer of restorative material placed over
a tooth surface.”
Composite veneer: may be fabricated in the
mouth, or in a lab.
Porcelain veneer: fabricated only in a lab.
A thin shell resembling natural shape and color, ready to be bonded to the
front of a tooth.
Mechanically locked into place after cementation with acrylic resin.
Discolored teeth, including due to iatrogenic
Excessively attritioned teeth.
Chipped or broken teeth.
Misaligned, uneven, or malformed teeth.
Gaps due to small teeth.
Aesthetic concerns. (“Hollywood makeover.”)
Caries or periodontal diseases.
Large dental fillings.
Orthodontic problems that necessitate more
than just a cosmetic solution.
Last 10 to 15 years.
Quicker chairside procedure.
A more conservative approach to enhancing
aesthetics than crowning.
Well-tolerated by gingival tissue.
Can be dislodged.
Do not protect teeth from caries.
Not a long-term solution for serious orthodontic
Increased tooth sensitivity.
“Avoid hard or sticky foods.”
“Use a soft toothbrush.”
“Don’t use your teeth to open bottles etc.”
“If you have bruxism, wear a night-guard.”
“Don’t forget to brush the back of your teeth!”
“Use only alcohol-free mouthwashes.”
“Avoid abrasive toothpastes.”
“Floss regularly, and get your teeth professionally
cleaned every six months.”
“STURDEVANT'S ART AND SCIENCE OF OPERATIVE DENTISTRY”
THEODORE ROBERSON, HAROLD HEYMANN & ED SWIFT, 5TH EDITION