Would you like to have a “Hollywood” smile?
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front side of teeth to improve the overall appearance of teeth. They are made of either thin plastic resin or porcelain and can be placed to:
- correct poorly formed or mildly mal-positioned teeth
- close gaps between teeth
- mask internal stains
- restore partially broken-down teeth
Tooth preparation is minimal and confined to the enamel structure. The veneer is bonded to the tooth structure with tooth-coloured resin cement. Several visits are necessary to complete treatment.
Patients should be aware that this is usually an irreversible process because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
How it is done?
To prepare each tooth, your dentist will remove a thin layer (about the thickness of a fingernail) from the surface of the tooth. This allows for the Veneer to be cemented into place later. An impression is taken of your teeth and sent to the laboratory, where the Veneer will be created to fit your tooth.
Cementing of the new Veneers occurs at the next appointment. Your dentist will check on the fit and colour before finally bonding them into place. Colour can be slightly altered by using varying shades of cement so it is important that you discuss any changes before final cementing takes place. Once the veneer is bonded to the tooth, the colour cannot be changed. After the Veneer has bonded, it is trimmed and polished.
Two or three visits to your dentist are usually required to measure and fit the Veneers;
- The first step is preparation, impression and shade taking.
- The second visit is to fit the Veneer.
There will usually be about 10 – 14 days between appointments, so always allow enough time if you have any up-coming events.