22 October 2016Last updated

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Ask the expert: weighing in on porcelain veneers

A porcelain veneer is a good option as it’s definitely the stronger long-term solution

Dr Joy Antony
23 Feb 2016 | 11:56 am

One of my front teeth was chipped in an accident and I was advised to get a porcelain veneer. Is this a good idea?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that are cemented on the front of your teeth (like a façade) to change the shape or colour of a tooth. They are most commonly used on the front teeth.

Porcelain veneers can be used to restore a broken tooth in some cases. Since I don’t know all the details of your case, I can’t give you a definite answer.

If the fracture is very small or if you are young, then bonding – restoring the broken tooth using composite resin that mimics your original tooth – is a good option.

The advantage of bonding is that it is least invasive and cheaper. However, if the tooth fracture is more extensive, then bonding may not be the solution as such teeth can fracture over time.

Another disadvantage of bonded teeth is that they are more prone to discolouration.

A porcelain veneer is a good option as it’s definitely the stronger long-term solution. If you require a root canal treatment in the future, then the tooth might discolour and this will also affect the colour of the veneer. However, if the tooth is extensively broken or needs a root canal treatment, then a full coverage crown would be the best way to fix it.

I would recommend that you consult a good dentist who would be able to assess your case and give you the best option to get this treated.

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Dr Joy Antony

Dr Joy Antony

is CEO of Dr Joy Dental Clinic, which has branches in Jumeirah 04-3285332, Mirdif 04-2845722, BurJuman 04-3555357 and Karama 04-3979522. Website: