Dental Veneers

What Is a Veneer?

Veneers are standard dental procedures which involve a covering (typically porcelain) being placed over the exterior of the tooth.  They are typically only applied to the teeth that are visible during social interactions, and are primarily cosmetic procedures.  There are two types of veneer procedures: direct and indirect.

Veneers can be a more suitable option than crowns, as much less tooth material is removed during the process and it can be less uncomfortable.  For patients with large fillings or generally less healthy teeth, our dentist may recommend veneers.  Veneers are ideal for addressing spaces in teeth, fractured teeth, or slightly crooked teeth.

Direct Veneers

Application of direct veneers are usually composed of a composite material — porcelain or composite resin — being placed over the outside of the tooth using bonding techniques.  This process is typically referred to as bonding. The veneer is useful in improving the physical appearance of the teeth and also preventing teeth from damage or discoloration.

Indirect Veneers

Indirect veneers typically take longer than direct veneers (usually two appointments at the office) because the veneers are fabricated in a laboratory.  During the first visit, a patient will have their teeth cleaned and prepped for an impression to be taken, and once the impression has been made a temporary covering will be put on the teeth until the second appointment.  It could take up to three weeks for the veneers to be sent back from the lab, at which time the patient returns to our office and the veneers will be placed on the teeth.  Laboratory veneers are usually made with porcelain, and can appear more natural than resin.