Dental veneers are custom-made tooth colored materials, usually made from porcelain, that cover the front of the teeth and change the color, shape and size of the teeth. The two methods of manufacturing dental veneers are the direct method where the dentist directly applies and sculpts the veneer to the front surface of the tooth. The indirect method is when the dentist takes an impression, sends it away to be made and then places a temporary veneer. Once the veneer arrives, it is bonded to the teeth. Before placing veneers, the dentist removes some tooth structure to make room for the veneers. The amount of tooth structure removed depends on the treatment goals.