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April 22, 2013 by Happy Tooth

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. Because of their intent, these restorations are mostly 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. As a result, both are strong and long lasting, and each has its own pros and cons. Porcelain versions hold up better against stains and resemble natural teeth. Resin versions are thinner and don't require as much tooth surface to be removed. Consequently, 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. Therefore 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.

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