A veneer is a shell in the same colour as your natural teeth that fits over the front of a tooth. A highly-effective way to approve the appearance of teeth in terms of size, shape, and colour, veneers are ideal for teeth discoloured due to root canal treatment, prescription medication, and fillings as well as for chipped, worn-down, uneven, and widely-spaced teeth.
The Procedure for Receiving a Veneer
Before you can receive a veneer, you will need to discuss your suitability with your dentist. At the first appointment, the dentist will examine your teeth and may take X-rays. You will also decide on the material for your veneer. Resin composite is cheaper, but porcelain better resists stains and looks more natural.
At your next visit, the dentist will start preparing your tooth for the veneer. This involves removing about half a millimeter of the enamel — more or less the same thickness as the veneer. If you and your dentist decide it is necessary, you can receive a local anesthetic for this part of the procedure. Your dentist will then take an impression of your tooth and send this to the lab along with information about the tooth colour. You can also receive a temporary veneer at this time.
You will return a third time for your dentist to fit the veneer. Before bonding the veneer to your tooth, the dentist will clean, polish, and etch your tooth. He or she will then place the veneer over the tooth to check the fit, changing the shape as necessary. It is also possible to adjust the colour with the cement. Next, your dentist will apply a special light to cure the cement. Finally, he or she will neaten up the cement and make any final adjustments.