What are veneers?
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Why are veneers used?
Veneers can correct several types of imperfections in your teeth.
What types of veneers are there?
There are two types of veneers: porcelain or resin composite. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement.
How are veneers placed?
Your dentist usually places composite resin veneers in a procedure that takes about 2 hours. First, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of the tooth, and then take an impression of your tooth. The impression is sent to a laboratory, where your veneer is made. You will receive a temporary veneer while your permanent veneer is being made.