Veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure in which a thin layer of porcelain or composite material is cemented or placed over the outside of your tooth.
Veneers are used to improve esthetics or help conceal tooth damage. Veneers are usually only performed on the front part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. Because of that, the direct technique is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique typically involves two appointments because the veneers are fabricated at a dental laboratory, however, with our CAD/CAM technology we can complete your veneers in a single day. The laboratory-fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that less of the tooth material has to be removed and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are not recommended for patients who have large fillings or little tooth structure. They are also typically recommended for the restoration of front teeth.