Veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure in which a thin layer of porcelain or composite material is placed over the outside of the tooth. They are used to improve aesthetics or help with tooth damage. Veneers are usually only performed on the front part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling.
Two visits are usually required to complete the veneers process. On your first visit, your teeth are prepared with a light buffing and shaping. An impression of your teeth will then be taken and you will choose a shade color with your dentist. On you second visit your teeth will be cleaned and bonded to the veneer. You will be given specific instructions to care for your veneers.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less of the tooth material has to be removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are not recommended for patients who have large fillings or little tooth structure. They are also typically recommended for the restoration of front teeth.