Veneers are thin porcelain restorations that are fabricated in a laboratory and then are bonded to your existing teeth. They are often used to correct spaces between the teeth, cover stains or discoloration, or to correct broken, chipped, crooked or misshapen teeth. A veneer only covers the front (facial) surface of the tooth, as opposed to a crown that encases the entire tooth above the gum line. Veneers are not as strong as a traditional crown, and therefore are typically only recommended for front teeth. The treatment for veneers is very similar to that of a crown, but the preparation is more conservative and spares more natural tooth structure. Two visits are typically required to complete the treatment. The initial visit involves preparing the tooth and fabricating a temporary veneer, and the second visit is for the delivery (cementation). Veneers are a good option if you have strong, healthy teeth and your main concern is appearance. Existing restorations, root canals, and damaged tooth structure often rule out veneers as an option, but if this is the case we are more than happy to discuss a more suitable option for your treatment!