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Veneers are used primarily to enhance the esthetics of teeth by giving them a lighter shade, and can also strengthen fractured or previously restored teeth. They give a natural, uniform appearance to teeth, masking previous restorations, stains and cracks. They can also be used to give somewhat uneven or crooked teeth a more straight appearance. Veneers can be done on as few as a single tooth, to multiple teeth, and are a more conservative alternative for teeth that do not require a full crown.
There are basically two types of veneers; porcelain (fabricated in a lab), and composite resin (fabricated by the dentist chairside). Both are excellent restorations that can completely change a person’s smile, but each has their pros and cons.