What are veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain made to fit over the front surface, and sometimes the side surface of front teeth.
When would I need a veneer?
Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten your front teeth. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look whole again.
The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth, with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
What are crowns?
Crowns, as opposed to veneers, cover the full surface of teeth. They can be made in ceramic or metal ceramic. There can be various reasons why your dentist may have proposed crowns, such as broken down teeth, heavily filled teeth and root treated teeth.