A porcelain veneer is a thin shell-like structure that is attached to a tooth. Veneers are used as restoration for teeth which are discoloured, misshapen, very spaced out or worn out.
Veneers on their own can be fragile, but once they are glued to a tooth they can help restore its damaged structure. Very little, if any, tooth structure has to be removed to allow for its placement. Veneers can look tooth-like and blend into the rest of the teeth seamlessly.
Very few medical devices last forever, and a dental veneer is no exception. Most people are likely to have their veneers for approximately ten years, however some people who care for them really well will have them for longer. Eventually they tend to stain around the edges, at which point they can be gently shaved back and new ones made.
Veneers can be a suitable solution for many people, but unfortunately not for everyone. If you think you are interested in having the procedure, it is important to talk to your dentist and plan it with them to help achieve the best possible outcome!