A veneer is a restoration that can be best understood when compared to an artificial fingernail. It is a wafer-thin restoration that is bonded to the front of the tooth.
It is used to achieve a huge improvement in the appearance of your tooth, or teeth, that have become discoloured or chipped. This type of restoration demands only a small additional shaving of your tooth so in many instances this, rather than a crown, is the preferred option.
The most aesthetic and durable veneers are those made of porcelain. These require the support services of a dental technician as well as the expertise of your dentist.
The alternative to porcelain is a composite veneer. These can be completed during a single visit to the practice and they look great but they are not as strong or as durable as the porcelain option. Their other advantage is that composite veneers are significantly cheaper than the porcelain option.