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What are Veneers?
Veneering a tooth means to cover its facial or front surface. It is actually very similar to placing acrylic fingernails on top of natural nails except they are permanently in place. Veneers are used to enhance shapes and colors of teeth as well as to close spaces between teeth and to cover up significant stains such as those caused by tetracycline. There are two types of veneers: direct and indirect. Direct veneers are done in a single visit and with a composite or plastic material. Indirect veneers are usually done in two visits and require a dental laboratory to fabricate the final restoration.

What does Veneering a tooth involve?
During the first visit, an impression of the teeth in this state is then taken and sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication of the veneers. This usually takes one to two weeks to complete. A temporary restoration may or may not be placed depending on the amount of reduction necessary. At the second visit, after thoroughly cleaning and preparing the teeth, the veneers are then placed with a resin material and cured or hardened with a special curing light.

How long will Veneers last?
There are many different variations of porcelains used today and this should be discussed with the dentist ahead of time. Typically, the porcelains should last about 15 years, however, with proper care and maintenance, they can last longer.