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Dental Veneers

Herriman Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Dental veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the dental veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. During the first appointment, the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks, the dental veneers are back from the laboratory and during the second appointment, the temporaries are removed and the dental veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated dental veneers are usually made using porcelain, or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.

The advantage of dental veneers, versus dental crowns, is that much less tooth material is removed and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.