Veneers can play an amazing role in smile makeovers because of their handcrafted beauty and versatility. They are thin sheets of porcelain bonded to the outside of teeth to mask surface defects and they can be used to close small gaps, and if a tooth is slightly out of position a veneer can even be fitted to bring it into line.
They mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth and so are really difficult to detect, and they are less invasive than crowns and can even make teeth stronger.
Veneers should last for many years but they can chip or break like real teeth, although small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary. As an alternative, natural-coloured composite material can be used for minor repairs to front teeth. This works when the tooth can support a filling but not for broken tooth corners because there will always be a join between the tooth and the filling material.