Not many people know what veneers are until they need one.
If you chip a tooth, it’s not only painful — it can also be embarrassing to talk or smile. A veneer is a layer of tooth-coloured material placed on top of your tooth to improve its appearance and protect the tooth from further damage.
Your teeth can also wear down over time, or become jagged in shape. We use composite and porcelain veneers to cover any misshapen teeth.
Veneers allow your tooth to look more aesthetically pleasing while being protected from damage and erosion. When you come in for a tooth veneer, we’ll make sure you leave feeling confident and healthy.
What to expect
One of the first steps of the veneer’s procedure is to have some x-rays and impressions made of your mouth and preparation work done to your teeth.
To prepare the teeth for the veneers procedure, your dentist will need to slightly reshape the tooth’s surface, also known as the enamel.
Reshaping the natural tooth surface allows for the veneer to fit comfortably and naturally in the mouth. Reshaping the surface of the tooth can result in a sensitive sensation, so you and your dentist will decide if you wish to use a local anaesthetic during this process.
After the enamel has been removed, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth using a mould. This impression gets sent to a laboratory where your dental veneers are created. This process usually takes 2-3 weeks.
Before your veneers are permanently attached to your teeth, you and your dentist will have time to examine the colour and fit of the veneer to ensure that you are happy with the result.
The veneer can be trimmed to achieve a better fit and the colour adjusted with the shade of the cement used to bond the veneer to your tooth.
To prepare the tooth for the veneer’s procedure, your dentist will clean and polish the tooth surface and do some slight etching to roughen the surface.
The cement is then applied to the veneer and onto the tooth before being bonded using an activating light that hardens the cement.
Your dentist will make any final adjustments to the veneers and ensure that you are happy with the results.