Dental veneers are customized shells made of porcelain that fit over your teeth to improve their appearance and can be matched to adjacent teeth.
- You can expect to make a preliminary office visit at which your dentist will take x-rays and examine your teeth to see if veneers is an option for you.
The dentist trims about half a millimeter of the tooth enamel to prepare for the veneers. Then he or she takes an impression or mold of your teeth to send to a lab to prepare the veneers, which takes about one to two weeks. You will leave with temporary veneers.
- When the veneers are ready, your dentist checks the fit and color of the veneers and prepares the tooth (or teeth) by cleaning them thoroughly and then roughening the tooth surface to improve the adhesion of the veneer. The veneer is attached to the tooth with a special cement, then ultraviolet light is used to harden it.
You should just follow a your regular oral hygiene routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing to take care for your veneers.