If you have teeth that are discoloured, chipped, broken or uneven or if you have gaps between your teeth, you may be able to hide them behind veneers. The veneering procedure applies a thin shell that resembles a tooth which is cemented to the surface of your existing tooth.
You can choose between composite resin or porcelain veneers. The latter is stronger and less prone to staining but requires more than one visit to complete.
The Veneering procedure
The veneering procedure is different depending on which type of veneer is involved in treatment.
- A thin layer of the enamel from your teeth (sometimes less than ½ millimeter) is removed, then a mold is made of your teeth to use for custom-designing your veneers.
- At the end of the visit, your dentist will make a temporary veneer and temporarily cement it to your teeth. The temporary veneers replace the removed enamel and are worn until your permanent veneers are ready. Your temporaries will be very fragile, so you will want to treat them gently.
- You will return to your dentist when the permanent veneers are ready to be cemented. Your dentist will then remove your temporary veneers and replace them with the permanent veneers.
- The tooth is prepared for the placement of the veneer.
- You will choose a composite resin colour that matches the rest of the teeth in your mouth and your dentist will layer it onto your tooth or teeth.
- Your dentist will form the resin into the shape of a tooth, and polish it so it looks 100% natural and smooth.
The disadvantage of veneering
Veneers will not last indefinitely and may need to be replaced over time. This is why maintaining good oral hygiene is important. Brush and floss around the veneer and visit your dentist regularly.