A veneer is a very thin layer of composite resin or porcelain used to improve either the strength or the cosmetic look of a tooth that has been compromised in some way, either from decay, trauma or malformation of the enamel. In some instances, minor “orthodontic” effects can be achieved with veneers.

Veneers come in two varieties, direct resin veneers, and porcelain laminate veneers. The direct resin veneers are placed in the dental office using standard filling materials applied to the teeth during the dental appointment. Porcelain laminate veneers, which look like thin shells that fit over carefully prepared teeth, are fabricated in our office lab using our Cad-Cam system. Single units can usually be made on the same day but due to design and milling time, multiple units usually require a day or two to complete fabrication of all the veneers.

Porcelain laminate veneers are much stronger and longer lasting than direct resin veneers and are recommended for most cases where longevity is a paramount concern. Direct resin veneers are indicated for those cases that require a quick fix or if finances or time is an issue. All veneers may need replacement over time, and this procedure is considered irreversible since a thin layer of enamel must be removed from the tooth during preparation.