Many times, the demands of cosmetic changes in the mouth are too great for simple bonding. This is when porcelain crowns, laminate veneers, inlays or onlays may be used. Porcelain restorations can change an entire smile and are quick, painless, and dramatic. They can change the shape, color, size, and arrangement of teeth or any combination of these factors and can actually be used as an alternative to orthodontic treatment. The best part about porcelain restorations is that they can be placed in two visits, minimising the amount of time you would need to come in. The technique consists of first shaving a thin layer of tooth structure, and creating an impression of the prepared teeth to send to a dental laboratory. In the lab, a ceramist will use this impression to create a custom-fit porcelain restoration consisting of all the changes in shape, size, color and teeth arrangement that you would like. Upon your second visit, these restorations are then bonded onto your prepared teeth with a high intensity light. Porcelain crowns or veneers are the most popular techniques used for dramatic smile makeovers.