Veneers are a dental procedure in which a porcelain facing is placed on the front and edge of the tooth. Thus, much less tooth structure is removed than with a crown, which wraps around the entire tooth. Veneers are recommended for teeth that are malformed, badly broken, have very large fillings, or are severely stained. They can be used as an alternative to braces to correct malpositioned teeth as well.
Because veneers are made in a dental laboratory, the procedure involves two appointments. During the first appointment, the teeth are minimally prepared, an impression is made, and temporaries are cemented to the teeth. The veneers return from the lab in approximately 2-3 weeks at which time they are tried in the mouth and cemented. Laboratory fabricated veneers are very esthetic and natural in appearance.