Patients with discolored front teeth that cannot be corrected with tooth-whitening procedures may resort to porcelain veneers. The application of these fingernail-thin shells over the front of the teeth provide a natural-looking solution for teeth that are dull, worn, chipped, cracked, or unevenly spaced. The procedure involves removing only enough enamel from the affected tooth’s surface to accept the veneer. Aside from selecting a color for the veneers that will match natural tooth color, dentist and patient may agree to revise the smile by choosing a suitable tooth shape. The end result is a durable restoration that displays the translucency of a real tooth. As light reflects off the tooth, it gives off a lustrous, enamel-like appearance.
P.S. While dental veneers, composed of composite resin material, may not be as translucent as porcelain veneers, they are a good-looking, less-expensive alternative.