What is a dental veneer?: Dr Ros O'Leary, Periodontist
A dental veneer is - it's the equivalent of a false nail actually - that is put on the outside surface of the tooth. And it is made of very, very fine porcelain, and it is bonded to the tooth, and it is a much less destructive way, of putting a new facing on a tooth.
Traditionally we use crowns which involves drilling the tooth on all sides. But a veneer is just on the outside face, and so it often doesn't require any preparation at all, or only minimal preparation, and then as I said it's like a very thin false nail, it's bonded onto the tooth, and it can completely change the appearance of the tooth, and bring it back to that sort of shiny white tooth that you're looking for.