Porcelain veneers, also known as dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front side of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance. Dentists routinely use porcelain veneers to make cosmetic changes to teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned.
Because porcelain veneers are glass-like in nature (ceramic), they have a significant advantage over other cosmetic bonding techniques due to their transparency.
When a porcelain veneer is bonded to the surface of a tooth, it closely resembles the light-handling characteristics of dental enamel. Further, because it is bonded to the tooth's natural substructure rather than standing on its own, it is inherently stronger and more stain-resistant.