Veneers are thin artificial coverings that are applied over the front of your natural teeth. Veneers are used to correct the appearance of chipped, cracked, or gapped teeth and tooth discoloration. There is more than one type of veneer from which to choose.
Composite “direct” veneers are a thin composite material that is bonded to the tooth surface. They are typically less expensive than other options. Composite veneers last from about three to five years. They are applied in a single office visit.
Traditional porcelain “indirect” veneers are very thin. They are typically the most expensive type of veneer. Traditional porcelain veneers last about 5 to 10 years or more. They may require a few office visits.
Lumineer porcelain veneers are the newest type of veneer product. Lumineers are made of cerinate porcelain. They are very thin. They cost about the same as traditional veneers and last about the same length of time. They require two office visits
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