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Veneers are planted on the front surface of teeth in order to solve different aesthetical problems like discolouring and too wide space between teeth or to repair teeth which have been chipped off or worn out. Veneers are thin and like a partial crown they cover only the visible part of a tooth. They are made in a dental laboratory mainly for front teeth.

Using ceramics as a material excellent aesthetics can be achieved and due to the development of technology laminates are getting thinner and thinner. When veneers are placed on a tooth it does not look „thicker“. Veneers can be adjusted to the individual colour, shape or surface of a tooth.

The advantage of veneers is that only a small part of dental tissue is being prepared, only 0.5 to 1.5 mm of enamel on the front part, which spares a large part of dental tissue in contrast to a complete crown. A big advantage is also that porcelain veneers are glued to the rest of the tooth structure using composite cement, thus allowing the dentist to spare the tooth additionally when preparing it for the veneer. Porcelain veneers are really an excellent solution for aesthetical correction but it is important to know that they cannot make up for all the disadvantages. Their application is limited to a certain area so it is necessary that the dentist understands his patient's wishes and also that a patient knows when it is possible to make porcelain veneers. Only then is it possible to achieve good results which will satisfy both the patient and the dentist. Owing to a relatively small and flat surface to which they are applied they are sensitive to extreme force. That is why they are not recommended to patients who tend to grind their teeth because this can lead to veneers being torn off the teeth.

Besides porcelain veneers some faults can be removed by applying composite veneers. Their advantage is that they are placed directly in the mouth and the result is seen immediately. The newest generation of composite veneers and the good final treatment (polishing) gives satisfactory results at a reasonable price. Their disadvantage is that the colour may vary depending on the type of composite and the final treatment.