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Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of your teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are attached to the front of the teeth changing their colour, shape, size or length depending on what you want your veneers to look like.

 

Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and keep the look of natural teeth.

 

What Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?

  • Discoloured teeth

  • Worn down teeth

  • Chipped or broken teeth

  • Teeth that are not correctly aligned, uneven or irregularly shaped

  • Gaps between teeth

 

What’s the Procedure?

Getting a dental veneer usually needs three trips to the dentist – one for a consultation and the other two to carry out the procedure. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the process described below.

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning. Explain to your dentist in detail, the result that you are trying to achieve. During this appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve.

  • Preparation. To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about 1 or 2 millimetres of enamel from the tooth surface, so that the veneer can be added to the tooth surface. Before taking off the enamel, you and your dentist will decide the need for a local anaesthetic to numb the area. After this, your dentist will make a model of your tooth. Which will create a veneer fit perfectly for you. It usually takes 2-4 weeks for your dentist to receive the veneers back from the laboratory.

  • Bonding. Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to see it’s fit and colour. They will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit; the veneer colour can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used. Next, to prepare your tooth for the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched, ensuing a strong bonding process. A special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then positioned on your tooth. Your dentist will then apply a special light beam to the veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure quickly. The final steps involve taking away any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final changes 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 veneer and to examine the veneer’s placement.