Veneers can drastically improve the appearance of your smile!
Veneers are usually only performed on the part of your teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. To place veneers, a thin layer of porcelain or composite material is placed over the outside of the tooth. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. Because of that, the direct technique is usually referred to as bonding and can be completed in one visit to our office.
The indirect technique is completed in 2 appointments because your veneers are fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment, the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. The custom-made veneers come back from the laboratory after 2-3 weeks. At the second appointment, the temporaries are removed, and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The result is a natural looking smile!
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less of the tooth material has to be removed, and the procedure is generally more comfortable. Veneers are not recommended for patients who have large fillings or little tooth structure.