Porcelain veneers are often called "instant orthodontics" because they make quick work of altering a smile as significantly as braces—but much faster. Veneers can be used to make slightly crooked teeth look straight; teeth that have chips, fractures or noticeable cracks disappear; and they can even be used to close wide spaces between two teeth. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth, and they provide a natural-looking solution for a variety of smile flaws. The best candidates for veneers are people who have healthy teeth and gums but would like to improve their smile. Veneers are not suitable for people with serious dental problems, such as decay or gum disease. If you're considering veneers, talk to Dr. Shawn Michael Fox and our dental team at Fox Valley Family Dentistry about whether this treatment is right for you.