A veneer is a thin layer of stacked porcelain that covers the facial portion of a tooth/teeth, to give it/them the appearance of non-restored and ideally shaped and colored tooth/teeth.
Veneers can make an otherwise unattractive smile, look amazing. Veneers can correct spacing and crowding issues, they can change the color of teeth dramatically, and they can also lengthen or shorten teeth, as well as widen or narrow teeth. Overall, they can change a complete, but lackluster, smile into something you would see in a fashion magazine.
All the above said, veneers are not for everyone! Some people do not qualify for veneers and would be better-off to consider other options for smile restoration, or smile rejuvenation. If you may be interested in the possibility of veneers, consult Dr. Hoffman and see if this is an option for you. Other options would be crowns or bridges and possibly implants.
Veneers are considered permanent restorations, as they are bonded to your teeth and are not removable, unless they are removed by your Dentist.
Veneers are very hard, harder than you natural teeth actually. Veneers should be flossed, brushed, "WaterPik'ed" and everything else you would do to natural teeth to keep them clean and healthy. Veneers cannot get cavities, but the interface between the veneer and your natural tooth can get cavities. Because of this fact, it is suggested you care for them as diligently as you would every other tooth in your mouth, maybe just a bit more.
Veneers can be made in many ways; they can wrap around the edges of your teeth making them look very real, from every angle. They also can be made like contact lenses, meaning ultra-thin and basically prepless...hardly any tooth structure need be removed...and are just cemented to the front of your teeth. Again, it depends on the individual case and what your wants and needs are, versus what the intraoral condition dictates as possible options.
Veneers are often considered "cosmetic" in nature, and in many cases dental insurance will not cover their placement. In some cases, where the teeth have been heavily restored previously, or have cavities that necessitate a more comprehensive-type of restoration, veneers may indeed be covered by dental insurance. The only way to know for sure is to ask your dental insurance company, or talk to Dr. Hoffman about your interests. Many times we will do this leg-work for you, as a courtesy, and report our findings to you.