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Veneers

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (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.

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services-veneers-2The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

Veneers are thin, porcelain, semi-translucent laminates that are permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers are the most aesthetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions involving front teeth, including:

 

  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Unsightly, stained, or washed out fillings
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth that cannot be whitened
  • Crooked tee

services-veneers-3The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be 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 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, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.