For teeth that are chipped, discoloured, or slightly crooked / spaced you may consider veneering the teeth.  This can be done with plastic fillings placed directly on the teeth (resin bonding) or by shaving some tooth away and making veneers in a laboratory that are then glued in place (porcelain veneers).

Plastic veneers like all tooth coloured fillings are a little more at risk of chipping and staining over time but are about five times less expensive than porcelain veneers.  You can see below how plastic resin veneers discolour over time.

This veneers had been done at the practice more than 10 years ago.  It was decided to replace them with porcelain veneers.  Porcelain veneers are generally less than 0.5mm thick so only a minimum of the tooth surface needs to be reduced to make room for the veneer.

The patient also had some minor gum lift surgery to make the front two teeth a little longer and more balanced looking.  We think a great result was achieved!

Most veneers last about 10 years and may be at risk of chipping depending on the biting force of the patient.  All dentistry will need eventually need replacement due to ongoing forces of chewing and risk of decay, but well looked after dentistry can last very well.  The following photos are veneers at 18 years, and a follow-up at 26 years. Keep regular 6 month reviews, brush twice per day and floss and keep your smile for life!