Veneer is a thin shell made out from porcelain or composite material. They are custom made and cemented to the front side of the tooth. A veneer can be used to treat dental conditions such as a slightly crooked tooth, discolored teeth, chipped teeth or they can even be used to cover spaces in between the teeth. A veneer can be made by the dentist or in a dental laboratory, depending on the materials used and the preference of the dentist.
Procedure for getting dental veneers
Your dentist will be able to determine that the veneers are the best solutions for your teeth condition and also will let you know what results you can expect from going for veneers. He takes the impression of your teeth for study and sometimes for mockup procedure.
During the procedure, about half a millimeter of the tooth enamel will be removed from the surface, as this will be approximate thickness of the veneer to be placed. He may use local anesthesia while trimming the enamel. Then the impression of the tooth is taken and sent to the laboratory for constructing the veneer to fit exactly to your tooth. It may take one to two weeks to get the prepared veneers from the laboratory.
The next operation is bonding the veneer onto your tooth. Before permanent bonding, the dentist will place the veneer and check for any aberrations in the fit and make slight adjustments to get perfect fit. The veneer color has to be checked to get the best color that suits your face and also the color of cement is also chosen likewise. The tooth surface is cleaned and etched to get a firm bonding. After fitting it perfectly a special light is beamed to the veneer that sets the cement permanently. After hardening dentist will remove any excess cement and check that you will have no problem while chewing and the gums are properly responding to the new veneers.