It is not uncommon for a patient to show up with a chipped porcelain veneer. Of course one option is to replace a veneer with a new one, but often for reasons involved with the money or time that may require, patients are happy to have a repair done with tooth colored composite material. Often this option can provide a long lasting and esthetic result at a fraction of the cost.
The procedure involves preparing the fractured surface with either a sandblaster or hydrofluoric acid to create a porous surface that can be bonded to. Afterwards the surface is rinsed and dried a silane coupler is applied for 60 seconds. At that point bonding primer and composite can be applied and set with a bonding light. The result below was accomplished with careful finishing a polishing in less than an hour.