Veneers

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What are Veneers?

Veneers are a simple procedure that involves removing a little tooth structure and placing a thin layer of strong tooth coloured material on top, to transform your natural tooth. Each veneer is bespoke for each individual tooth. Veneers can improve the colour, shape, and visual appearance of your teeth. This procedure is normally carried out over 2 visits to the practice.

Your 1st appointment is where we prepare the tooth for the veneer. You’ll then be involved in picking a perfect shade match to your existing teeth before we take an impression (mould) which is sent to a dental technician to create your veneer/s. Finally, a temporary veneer/cover will be applied if required.

Your 2nd appointment is to have your veneer fitted. Before bonding it in place, your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it. Bonding a veneer in place is done with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth. The dentist will explain how to look after your veneers and how to keep them clean.
Veneers should last many years if you take care of them. Ensure good oral health and attend your dentist regularly.

Veneers Before and After
Veneers Before and After
Veneers Before and After
Veneers Before and After

What is involved in Veneers procedure?

Getting a dental veneer usually requires three trips to the dentist – one for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process described below.

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning. This first step involves your active participation. Explain to your dentist 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 and some of its limitations. He or she also may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
  • Preparation. To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Before trimming off the enamel, you and your dentist will decide the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, your dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer. It usually takes 1-2 weeks for your dentist to receive the veneers back from the laboratory. For very unsightly teeth, temporary dental veneers can be placed for an additional cost.
  • Bonding . Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color. He or she will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit; the veneer color can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used. 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, your dentist will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. Your dentist may ask you 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.

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