Porcelain dental veneers are a beautiful way to correct stained, chipped, or minimal crowding or spacing between teeth. By placing glass-like ceramic porcelain on the surface of teeth, dentists can provide patients with bright, straight, and natural looking smiles. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain, about half a millimeter thick (the thickness of a fingernail or so) that are bonded onto the front of teeth.
Porcelain mimics tooth structure better than any other restorative material. It is harder than enamel, so it resists wear and can last for many years. Some advertising creates the false impression that placing porcelain veneers requires that your teeth be "ground down" or on the contrary, not even touched at all. It would be more accurate to say that your teeth are “shaved” a little. The amount of reduction is minimal but the potential cosmetic enhancement is the greatest.
Tooth-colored restorations Tooth-colored fillings are made from durable specialty plastics called composite resins. Similar in color and texture to natural teeth, the fillings are directly bonded to the teeth, less noticeable, and much more attractive than other types of fillings. Their strength now is also compatible (if not superior) to any other direct restorative material, like amalgam. Because composite resins are tooth-colored, they look more natural than other filling materials. You can smile, talk, and eat with confidence. In addition, tooth-colored fillings are compatible with dental sealants. A tooth can be filled and sealed at the same time to prevent further decay.