What is the Process of Getting Veneers?

If you want a fairly simple and painless way of transforming the appearance of your teeth, you may wish to consider veneers. Dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry solution that works by covering the outer enamel of the teeth in order to hide any imperfections that are causing you to feel concerned about the appearance of your teeth. They can be applied to a single tooth or multiple teeth – whatever is needed to enhance and restore your confidence in your smile.

Here’s what you need to know about dental veneers and the process for receiving them.

The imperfections covered by veneers

Veneers can be successfully used to cover a range of different cosmetic defects, including the following:

- Covering stains and discoloration

- Hiding cracks, chips and other superficial damage

- Making undersized teeth appear taller

- Adding thickness to teeth that are set back or are unnaturally thin

- Closing/covering small gaps between the teeth

Once treatment is complete, patients can enjoy a smile that looks more even and uniform and appearance.

The process of getting veneers

The process to create and apply dental veneers usually takes place in two stages, which are carried out over two appointments following your initial consultation.

First Stage

During the first stage of veneers, the teeth that will have the veneers attached will be prepared. This involves filing down a little of the natural enamel covering the outer faces of the teeth. This is necessary so that the new veneer will fit flush to each tooth and not seem unusually thick. The filing process is done under local anesthetic ensuring that you aren’t in any discomfort. Once the enamel has been removed, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth which will be used to create your bespoke veneers. These will be made from top-quality porcelain or composite and in the exact size and shade needed to blend in with your natural teeth. The prepared teeth will be temporarily covered with a generic veneer and you will be able to return home. Your dentist will give you specific advice about caring for this temporary veneer.

Second Stage

The second stage of veneers involves removing the temporary, generic veneers that have been placed over your prepared teeth and replacing them with your bespoke versions. The fit of these will be checked before they are permanently secured over the correct teeth using adhesive and a curing light. Your teeth may then be polished to complete your treatment. Finally, your dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment with you several weeks later to ensure that your veneers are functioning properly, and you are happy with your enhanced smile.

Veneers may appear very thin, but they are surprisingly durable and with proper care and attention, they could last upwards of 10 years before they require replacement. Your dentist will be able to give you specific advice on the best way to look after your veneers to ensure that they remain looking great and perfectly functional for as long as possible.

For more information about the process of getting veneers, please contact our expert dental care team today.