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There are two types of veneers, porcelain, or ceramic, veneers and composite resin veneers. Here’s a quick overview:
- Ceramic veneers are extremely thin shells made of a strong porcelain or ceramic. When needed, the dentist removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the tooth. This makes room for the veneer and prevents the restored tooth from feeling or looking bulky or unnatural. Impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab that makes the veneers to fit your individual teeth. After completion, the veneers are bonded to teeth.
- Composite resin veneers generally are done in one appointment. After the tooth is prepared and reshaped, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material in a color that matches your other teeth. A special light is used to harden the composite. The veneer is smoothed and polished to look like a natural tooth.