A smile is a powerful way for you to communicate. But if you feel self-conscious about your teeth, you may lose this power by not smiling at all, or by covering your mouth when you talk or smile. With advances in modern dentistry, there’s no reason you should be unhappy with the way your teeth look. Occasionally a front tooth gets chipped from a sports accident or other trauma. Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for this type of concern. Veneers are eggshell custom made coverings that conceal the front and side surface of your tooth, much like a mask or an artificial fingernail. Veneers are custom made from porcelain and fit precisely over your existing teeth and are held in place with a special light sensitive resin which adheres the back of the veneer to the prepared tooth. Even though veneers are thin coverings, they are extremely strong and durable, and will generally not need to be replaced for 4 – 12 years. While they are not suitable for every patient, veneers are a cosmetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions of the front teeth.