|Dental Veneer Procedure|
|The procedure of getting dental veneer usually requires three visits to the dentist – one for a consultation and two to produce and apply the veneers. One tooth or many teeth can undergo the veneering process described below at the same time.|
Diagnosis and treatment planning
This first measure includes active participation between you and your dentist. You have to explain to your dentist the result that you are expecting to get. During this appointment your dentist will check your teeth to determine whether dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. Additionally your dentist also may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
In order to prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about ½ millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface. This amount is nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be placed on the tooth surface. Before trimming off the enamel, you and your dentist will discuss the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area. Then your dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer. It usually takes 1 to 2 weeks for your dentist to get the veneers back from the laboratory. For very unsightly teeth, temporary dental veneers can be placed for an additional cost.
Before the dental veneer is permanently attached to your tooth, your dentist will provisionally place it on your tooth to check whether it fits and the color. He/she will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as required to achieve the proper fit; the veneer color can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used.
Then in order to prepare your tooth to obtain the veneer your tooth must be cleaned, polished and etched. Special cement is attached to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. After this your dentist will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer. This light activates chemicals in the cement making it harden or cure very quickly.
The final actions include removing all excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. Your dentist may ask you to get back for a follow-up visit in a few weeks to get to know how your gums are reacting to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine the veneer's placement.