Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front surface of a tooth. They are typically made of porcelain or composite resin material and are used to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, chipped, worn down, or misaligned. Veneers can also be used to close gaps between teeth or to make teeth appear longer.
The procedure for placing veneers typically involves several steps. First, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of enamel from the surface. This is necessary to ensure that the veneer will fit properly and will not make the tooth appear unnaturally thick. Next, an impression of the tooth will be taken and sent to a dental lab where the veneer will be custom-made. In the meantime, the dentist may place a temporary veneer on the tooth to protect it.