Veneers are a dental procedure in which a porcelain or ceramic covering is placed over the outside area of the tooth. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings and for patients that would like to improve the esthetics of their front teeth.
There are two techniques used when placing veneers: the direct and indirect technique.
- The indirect technique usually involves two appointments, as the veneers will be fabricated by a ceramist at a dental laboratory. The laboratory-fabricated veneers are one of the most aesthetic options. This technique is also more permanent and more color stable.
- The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin (filling material) on the outside of the tooth using a procedure called “bonding”. This method can be done in one appointment. This technique picks up stains more quickly.