Dental veneers refer to thin custom-made porcelain or composite layers that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve their form and appearance. They’re extremely versatile, durable, and long-lasting.
The Procedure: Porcelain and Composite Veneers
The placement of composite veneers is different from that of porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are usually placed in a single appointment. The dentist gradually adds the adhesive materials in thin layers, while shaping it and hardening it at each stage, to determine whether the defect has been adequately concealed. When the result is satisfactory, the material is polished to give it a smooth appearance.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are fabricated in a dental laboratory. They are translucent and stain resistant. They can also be made to closely resemble the appearance of natural teeth.
Once they’re ready, they are placed in two appointments as follows:
- In the first appointment, the teeth being treated are prepared under local anesthetic.
- At the same time, the dentist will take impressions and fabricate temporary veneers using a template made from the 3D preview model. The temporary veneers allow you to try out your planned smile design and make fine adjustments to the final veneers, while protecting the prepared tooth before the permanent porcelain veneer is ready for placement.
- The second appointment is scheduled about two weeks later. The dentist isolated the prepared teeth from any moisture so the porcelain veneers can be fitted.
A few days after your dental veneer treatment, you should schedule a follow up visit for the dentist to ensure that all is well after you’ve had time to adjust to them in your normal routine.
Schedule your consultation
During your consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth to determine whether you’re a good candidate for veneers. Ideally, your teeth should have enough tooth enamel to prevent sensitivity during preparation. Porcelain veneers are the most common option because they are stain resistant and long lasting, but require more tooth preparation than composite veneers.