Porcelain veneers are super thin sheafs of special plastic that can be affixed to the teeth to restore their appearance. These sheafs are thinner than a human nail and can be coloured and shaped to match your natural teeth.
Dental veneers are usually made of either a special plastic or a composite resin that is made stronger with the addition of quartz. These are generally used on the more visible upper front incisors, but can be used anywhere as required.
This usually painless procedure does not require anesthesia. The entire treatment process is done in approximately five days with about two visits to the dental clinic. Patients can preserve their natural tooth structure as much as possible since the amount of tooth reduction is minimal.
How is it performed?
Depending on how many veneers you require, your dentists may opt to attach them in sets, or individually, to ensure your smile remains even and natural. Although it is possible to veneer individual teeth, your dentist may still opt to veneer several, as it can be tricky to make an exact colour match.
During your first session, your dentist will examine your teeth, looking for any crooked edges or chips that have to be evened out. Next they will carve away a small slice from the enamel of your teeth, where the veneers are to be placed.
Your dentist will make any necessary measurements and images, so that your veneers can be customised to fit your mouth’s shape. During your second session, your dentist will use a composite resin to cement the veneers to your teeth.
Once your dentist has dried the cement with a special laser or heating element, they may perform some slight reshaping of the veneers, so that they all align nicely.