Porcelain veneers are the aesthetic standard against which all other restorative procedures are compared when it comes to treating discolored or damaged teeth. The dentist can permanently bond these thin, semi-translucent shells of porcelain to teeth when the front surface of the tooth and the biting edge are in need of restoration. They may be used to correct broken or chipped teeth, permanently stained teeth, spaces between teeth, or misshapen or crooked teeth. While composite resin bonding may be a quicker and less expensive restorative procedure, porcelain veneers are exceedingly strong and natural-looking. They have a translucent appearance that lends a look of depth to tooth surfaces and closely resembles natural teeth.