Veneers are thin shells which are bonded to the front surface of teeth. They hide crooked teeth with their shape and whiten stained teeth with their coloring. If you are considering getting veneers, you may be curious about how they are bonded to your teeth.
- Dentist Consultation
Some people are unable to have veneers if they have certain dental problems. Your dentist will determine whether you can have veneers
- Enamel Removal
In order to have veneers fit in your mouth, about ½ millimeter of enamel is removed from the front surface of your teeth. An anesthetic may be used to numb your mouth.
- Tooth Impression
Your dentist will create an impression of your teeth that will be sent to a dental lab where your veneers will be created. This process usual takes a couple of weeks.
- Tooth/Veneer Prep
The dentist will place the veneers on your teeth to determine if they need any trimming or coloring changes. Your dentist will then clean and polish your teeth, finally etching them to help the bonding process.
- Bonding Veneers
Veneers are bonded to teeth using a cement which is hardened by activating chemicals in its composition with a special light beam.
- Finishing Touches
After all of the veneers are bonded, the dentist will clean up excess cement and make additional adjustments to the veneers. You may have a follow-up appointment with your dentist to make sure there are no problems with the veneers.