As with all dental treatments, we will perform a complete oral health examination first to check for periodontal disease or any other health issues. Once we have cleaned your teeth, a very small amount of your natural tooth enamel needs to be removed – just enough to prevent the veneer from making the tooth look or feel bulky. Preparation time will depend on the appearance and shape of the original teeth.
When the teeth have been prepared we will use a putty-like material to make an impression, or mould, of your mouth. From this mould, our dental technicians can expertly craft the perfect veneer for you. In a separate visit, we will attach the veneer to your teeth using a top-quality dental bonding agent. Generally speaking, veneers are very hardy, and patients are thrilled with the long-lasting and beautiful results. On occasion veneers have been known to break away from the tooth or break if the tooth is knocked; usually, we can glue them back on, but if they are damaged they can be replaced.
Some veneers are built up on the tooth directly using the same composite material used for white fillings. The surface of the tooth is roughened with a mild acid, then the white filling material is applied in layers until the teeth look right. We will evaluate whether veneers are an option for you and discuss the options clearly with you.