The direct technique most commonly involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. We will do this in our Lansing office by sculpting the veneers to your teeth rather than taking impressions and having a lab create the veneers. This method is usually used for smaller chips and cracks in teeth and can be done in one appointment.
The indirect technique typically involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken of your teeth, and your teeth are given a temporary covering while the veneers are made. In two weeks, the veneers will have completed fabrication at the dental laboratory and be delivered back to our office. Your temporaries will then be removed, and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory-fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic. This method has the best appearance and long-term results.