Before the advent of porcelain veneers, the only options patients had to cover chipped teeth or to improve aesthetics (such as discolorations, closing spaces, misshapen teeth) was to cover the entire tooth with a dental crown. Today, porcelain veneers provide the patient with a more non-invasive option.
Porcelain veneers are an alternative to orthodontic treatment to help re-align certain teeth or can be used in conjunction with orthodontic treatment. In some cases, when the teeth have been mal-aligned for a long time and have worn down unevenly, even after orthodontics is done to straighten the teeth, some of the teeth may need to be reshaped to look normal and natural again. Porcelain veneers are a great option for finishing the look with a thin conservative covering that looks and feels beautiful.