A thin, custom-made shell of tooth-colored plastic or porcelain that are bonded directly to the front side of natural teeth to improve their appearance — for example, to replace lost tooth structure, close spaces, straighten teeth, or change color and/or shape. Like other dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may need to be replaced in the future, but are very durable and will last you many years. Many people choose veneers for cosmetic reasons to have uniform white teeth. They are also used in cases of crooked, misshapen, discolored or stained teeth, or for those that are too small or large with unwanted or uneven spaces or to cover worn or chipped teeth. Not every patient is a candidate for veneers and some preparation of the teeth is needed to achieve optimum results. Please consult your dentist to see if you are a candidate for veneers.