Porcelain veneers are a thin, shell-like ceramic material that goes over the surface of the tooth. They are a primarily cosmetic appliance and can correct a number of problems, including chipped teeth, weak enamel, worn, uneven teeth from tooth grinding, discoloration, gaps between the teeth, and even mild alignment problems. Veneers are easy to apply and relatively inexpensive compared to other cosmetic dental procedures.Applying porcelain veneers is actually a relatively simple process. First you will discuss the changes you would like to make with your dentist, and he or she will advise you regarding your case. The teeth that are to receive the veneers will be prepared.When the new veneers are ready, your dentist will attach them so you can see if the color and fit are exactly what you are looking for. If you are satisfied, the porcelain veneers will then be bonded to your teeth with a permanent dental cement. As soon as the bonding is complete, you have your new smile. You may need to wear a night guard to protect the veneers if you are prone to grinding or gritting your teeth in your sleep.Porcelain veneers are less invasive than many of the other procedures available. For mild crookedness, they are also a much quicker solution than braces. Instead of months of straightening, your smile will be ready after only a couple visits. The veneers will also provide some protection to your teeth, especially if there is a problem of worn enamel. Consider what you are looking for in your smile, and talk to your dentist about the procedure that is the best fit for your needs.