Dental Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside, or visible area, of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the 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. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments, since the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. During the first appointment, impressions will be taken, and your teeth will be given a temporary covering. Your custom veneers will be complete within two to three weeks, after which the temporary veneers are removed and the permanent veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic and are very esthetic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed; therefore, the procedure is a little less invasive. Veneers are not generally recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structures.
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