What happens during a Dental Veneers procedure?
How are Veneers applied to your teeth?
After assessing your suitability for veneers, your dentist removes the surface layer of enamel from the tooth. This is carried out under local anaesthetic to reduce discomfort. For porcelain veneers, an accurate impression of your teeth is taken, and a careful description of the desired colour of your teeth is noted to ensure a perfect match. Typically, it takes one to two weeks to make your new porcelain veneers, so sometimes temporary veneers are put in place before you leave.
In some cases, veneers are made very thin, and they are quite see-through. In this way, veneers can be used to pick up some of the underlying colour of the tooth. Hence, the veneers and your teeth will then be a similar colour. In other cases where there are deep stains or colours on the teeth, it is very important to cut enough tooth away to allow a thick enough layer of porcelain to be stuck on which will then mask these stains or discolourations. At the next visit to the dentist, any temporary veneers are removed and your new veneers are fitted and polished. Special light-cured glues are used to ensure trouble-free and long-lasting results.