Dental veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells that are attached to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They’re often made from porcelain or resin-composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth.
Veneers are a less intrusive option than crowns or braces. Veneers can be used to close gaps or correct small misalignments. Patients also choose veneers as a cosmetic solution to enhance the brightness of their teeth and to straighten their smile, correcting issues like discoloration, fractures, or chips.
What to expect
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To prepare a tooth for a veneer about half a millimetre of enamel is removed from the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Then an impression of your tooth is taken and sent to a laboratory to be produced. This is only done for porcelain veneers, as composite can potentially be done in one visit. For very unsightly teeth, temporary dental veneers can be placed.
Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, it will be temporarily placed on your tooth to examine its fit and colour. Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched — which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Once properly position on the tooth a special light beam will be applied to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden very quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. You may be asked to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine the veneer’s placement.