Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.

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

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

The indirect technique involves two appointments because veneers of this type are fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very aesthetically pleasing.

The advantage of veneers over crowns is that much less tooth needs to be removed, and the procedure is generally less involved. Crowns are recommended when teeth have large fillings and/or little tooth structure.


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