Veneers are a very thin layer of restorative ceramic material fitted to the outside of the teeth. They are applied with a dental adhesive and are used for the cosmetic correction of teeth. Veneers can markedly disguise differences in size, slight misalignments, tooth defects, and aesthetic tooth color.
Step 1: Preparation of the veneers
An appointment will be made to prepare your teeth for veneer adhesion. The dentist will begin by scraping away an extremely thin layer of the tooth’s enamel. This procedure is painless, but the dentist can help you decide if you need local anaesthesia for the procedure.
By removing some of the tooth’s enamel, the dentist is making room for the veneer which will cover the tooth. This way, the tooth does not become bulky or feels strange in your mouth. This also prepares the tooth´s surface for bonding of the veneer.
Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth. This impression will be sent to our specialized dental laboratory where the veneers will be crafted to fit your teeth.
In the meantime, we will place some temporary veneers so that you feel comfortable.
Step 2: Applying the Veneers
On your second visit, the dentist will ensure that the veneers fit perfectly. This may involve trimming the veneer and, in some cases, further trimming or shaping of the tooth being covered. Initially, the dentist might use a temporary glue so that you can spend some time viewing and getting used to the veneer and assure you are happy with it.
When it is time to cement the veneer on to the tooth, your tooth will be thoroughly cleaned. The cement will be placed on the veneer and the veneer put into place. A special curing light will activate compounds in the cement that will make it adhere almost instantly. Once bonded, the veneer is permanent. The durability of the veneers is virtually unlimited.