What are Veneers?

veneers.jpg Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or resin that measure less than 1.5mm thick. Veneers are used to cover teeth which are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned. Veneers are used for many of the same reasons as bonding but they involve a different procedure.

Process of placing veneers

    1. The dentist will prepare your tooth and then take an impression using Itero of the prepared tooth, possibly place a temporary filling in the space.

    2. The virtually perfect Itero impression is sent digitally to our dental laboratory to have the veneers manufactured.

    3. The veneer is then cemented into place.

Although veneers are more expensive and time-consuming than bonding, they are less expensive and conserve tooth structure when compared to crowns. Typically veneers are difficult to stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile.


Composite bonding can work wonders for your smile. Using materials that match the shade, translucency and the texture of your teeth, gaps between teeth can be closed, spots and discolorations can be eliminated, and your self-confidence can be enhanced through the improved appearance of your smile.

The dentist will match the shade of your existing teeth and then tooth-colored composite resin is applied to the tooth much like the filling procedure.

The procedure is sometimes referred to as bonding because an adhesive agent is used to actually bond the resin to the tooth structure. The resin is hardened (cured) with a curing light and then shaped, contoured, and polished to give a cosmetic and natural appearance. Bonding is the least expensive cosmetic procedure and can be completed during a single dental visit.

Composite bonding is excellent for small defects in the teeth -- spots, chips, or gaps between teeth. For smile alterations involving an entire tooth or multiple teeth, porcelain is the material of choice.