What is a Veneer?

Veneers are a great option for patients who have discolored teeth, chipped or broken teeth, misaligned teeth or gaps between teeth.

A veneer is a thin layer of ceramic or composite resin tooth-colored filling material placed over your tooth to improve shape, size and/or color. These restorations are very aesthetic and require very little, if any, removal of tooth structure.

Characteristics of Direct and Indirect Veneers

Indirect Veneers are fabricated by a dental laboratory from either ceramic (porcelain) or resin. Both are strong and long lasting, and each has its own pros and cons. Porcelain veneers hold up better against stains and resemble natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and don’t require as much tooth surface to be removed. Either type of indirect veneer requires two visits. 

Direct veneers are made from composite resin and are placed directly on your teeth by your dentist. This is a very labor-intensive appointment and requires removal of more tooth structure. Typically direct-bonded composite veneers are not as aesthetic and durable as the indirect porcelain or resin restorations.

Ask us today about the right type of veneer for your needs!

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