Veneers are strong, thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the teeth. They are used to repair chipped, decayed or stained teeth and may help in closing gaps between teeth. With a bit of contouring, veneers may also help to make the teeth appear straight, in cases of slightly crowded or overlapping teeth.
Under local anesthetic, the tooth enamel is ground down slightly in order to accommodate the veneer. The porcelain is selected in a shade to match your adjacent teeth.
When a tooth has been damaged (by decay or trauma) it is possible to fit a cover known as a crown or cap over the remaining tooth. They are usually made with gold on the inside, and porcelain on the outside. The porcelain is selected in a shade to match your adjacent teeth.
Under local anesthetic, the tooth is reduced in size by the same thickness as the final crown, which will be cemented onto the tooth. An impression of your teeth and gums is then made and a temporary cap is fitted over the tooth until a permanent crown can be made. During your next visit, your dentist will remove the temporary cap and cement the crown onto your tooth.