Animated image of a dental veneer

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the tooth that is visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

Direct Technique

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

Indirect Technique

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment, the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. Once we have received the veneers from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic and are esthetically pleasing.

The Process of Getting Your New Veneers

Advantages over Crowns

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that don’t have large fillings or little tooth structure.