A veneer is a very thin, tooth coloured piece of porcelain ( akin to a false fingernail) that is bonded on top of your own tooth. They are used to correct stained, chipped, unaesthetic or occasionally malaligned teeth. They have a natural tooth like appearance. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps where braces are not suitable; also if one tooth is slightly out of position a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it in line with the others. Occasionally some patients resent the idea of having their teeth ‘filed down’ partially to make room for a veneer to fit over it. In this case, we can also offer a composite veneer to fit over your tooth. The advantage of a composite veneer is that it is far cheaper than a porcelain veneer and requires no drilling of the patients natural tooth; however it is not as long lasting and its aesthetics do not match that of a porcelain veneer. Also composite veneers will require periodic replacements as and when they pick up staining.