Veneers are coverings placed over the outside, visible area of the tooth. Veneers are usually only placed at the parts of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect. The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally more comfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental lab. At the first appointment, the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers return from the lab, the temporaries are removed, and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The lab-fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic.