If you are interested in dental veneers, you will need to see your dentist three times. One for consultation, the second to make the veneers, and the third to apply them. Veneers can either be applied to one or multiple teeth at once.
Your dentist will prepare your teeth and make veneers for you. You must tell your dentist what kind of result you are looking to achieve. Your dentist will examine your teeth and determine if dental veneers are right for you. The dentist may take impressions of your mouth and teeth or might take dental X Rays.
Your dentist will remove approximately 1/2 millimeter of enamel on the tooth's surface to prepare it for veneers. Your dentist will determine if a local anesthetic is needed to numb the area before trimming off the enamel. The next step is to take an impression of your tooth or create a model. The model will be sent to the dental laboratory where it will then be used for the construction of your veneer. Within a week or so, the laboratory will return the veneer.
Your dentist will temporarily place the veneer on your tooth to make sure it fits correctly and is in good color before permanently cementing it. Your dentist may trim the veneer a few times to ensure it fits correctly. The cement may be used by your dentist to make the veneer match your natural teeth.
The veneer will be placed on your tooth by your dentist using special cement. After placing the veneer correctly on your tooth, a special beam of light will be used to activate the chemicals in the cement. The cement will harden quickly. The final steps will involve the removal of excess cement, evaluation of your bite, and any adjustments that are necessary to your veneer.