Veneer is a thin layer of material placed over the front visible tooth surface which can improve the colour, shape and size of the tooth. It is almost like a false fingernail. The appearance of a tooth can be dramatically improved by a dental veneer restoration. Discoloured, misshapen teeth can be permanently whitened and improved with a veneer.
There are two main types of material used to make a veneer; composite and porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth). In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated. Porcelain veneers are somewhat more durable, have better aesthetics, and less likely to stain than veneers made of composite. Composite veneers are generally cheaper than porcelain veneers.