Porcelain veneers (facings) are often a suitable alternative for patients with discoloured, poorly-shaped or slightly misaligned teeth. Providing the tooth structure involved is in reasonable condition (preferably not heavily–filled), veneers are a more conservative approach to crowns.
A thin layer of the front surface of the tooth is prepared and impressions are taken from which porcelain veneers are manufactured in the lab by a dental ceramist. At the return visit, providing the veneers fit accurately and the colour/shape are correct, they are bonded into place, trimmed and polished by the dentist.
Discoloured, misshapen or damaged teeth (left) can be effectively covered by veneers (right).