What is the Process of Getting Veneers?
If you are unhappy with the way that your teeth look, you may be considering cosmetic dentistry to make changes to them. There are many different types of cosmetic dentistry treatment, enabling you to change and improve virtually any aspect of your smile. Veneers remain one of the most popular treatments.
Dental veneers are thin, shell-like covers that are placed over the front surface of the teeth with the aim of hiding imperfection beneath them. They can be used to address many cosmetic issues, including:
Teeth that are badly stained or discolored
Teeth that have cosmetic cracks or chips
Small gaps between the teeth
Thin teeth or those that are set back from others
A lack of uniformity across your smile
Veneers are primarily considered to be a cosmetic dental treatment, although they naturally add an extra layer of protection to the teeth and have been shown to help strengthen them as well as improving the appearance of your smile. Many people love the idea of veneers but aren’t sure what to expect from the treatment itself. Here’s what you need to know about the process of getting veneers.
What happens when you get veneers?
Getting veneers is usually a simple process that can be carried out in just two visits to your dentist.
The first visit is used to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer and to take impressions that will be used to create it. The preparation process is done using a local anesthetic. This is because it involves filing down a little of the natural enamel of your tooth so that the veneer can sit properly over the top without making the tooth look abnormally thick. However, it’s important to note that once the enamel has been filed down, it can’t regenerate, and this means that the affected tooth will always require a veneer to cover it.
Once the tooth has been prepared, your dentist will focus their attention on taking an impression of the tooth. This may be done using putty, imaging, or a combination of the two. The information will be used to create your bespoke veneer, which will be the perfect shape, size and color to restore your affected tooth and match the rest of your smile. It takes time for veneers to be created to such exact specifications, so you’ll be fitted with a temporary veneer and then able to go home.
Around a week to ten days later your new veneer should be ready for you and you’ll be called in for a second appointment to have this placed. The temporary veneer will be removed (you’ll be able to have an anesthetic if necessary) and your bespoke veneer will be checked to make sure that it fits properly before being permanently bonded to the tooth with adhesive. The veneer will be cleaned and polished, and this completes your treatment.
If you have further questions about the process of getting veneers, our dedicated dental team would be happy to answer them. Please contact us with your query, or alternatively, to schedule an appointment to see if you would be a suitable candidate for this popular cosmetic dentistry treatment.