Dental veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry treatment that can improve the smile. Veneers can be applied on an individual basis, or across the entire smile line. The veneer itself is a small porcelain tooth shell that is fabricated to look like a natural tooth. It is then place over the top of the troublesome tooth (which must first be shaped down to allow for the fit) and bonded in place. Because the natural tooth must first be shaped, dental veneers are permanent. Less invasive alternatives do exist in the form of “minimal prep” veneers, which are thinner than and therefore not as durable as their traditional counterparts. Popular brands of minimal prep veneers include Lumineers and Vivaneers.