Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are done to the part of the tooth that is visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using a bonding agent. This method is usually referred to as “bonding”.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments, because the veneers will be made at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared; impressions get taken, and the teeth are given a temporary cosmetic covering. In about three weeks, the veneers return from the dental laboratory. The temporary coverings are removed and the permanent veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made out of porcelain and are very natural looking.
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