Getting a Dental Veneer

The veneering process includes three visits to your dentist. Here's how the assessment, diagnosis, planning, treatment/making and application occurs.

First Visit: Consultation

During your first visit, the dentist will assess your teeth and examine whether the dental veneers are the most appropriate treatment for you. He will discuss with you the use of the dental veneers, the procedure and other important info regarding dental veneer application. For diagnostic purposes, the dentist might subject your teeth to x-rays. The dental veneers can deal with one tooth or a set of teeth depending on the diagnosis of the dentist.

Second Visit: Preparation

Your tooth will be prepared for a dental veneer during your second visit. To do this, the dentist will discuss with you the need for local anesthesia (lidocaine) so the area will be numb. You may or may not choose to be anesthetized. Then, the dentist will get some enamel from the surface of the tooth. The enamel will be about 0.5 millimeters or about the same as the veneer's thickness.

After getting the enamel, the dentist will make a tooth impression or model to be sent to the dental laboratory. The dental lab will construct the dental veneers for about one to two weeks. Since it will take weeks before you get your permanent dental veneers, you may choose to get temporary dental veneers. Discuss this with your dentist to determine whether you really need them or not.

Third Visit: Application

For your third visit, the dentist will place the dental veneer on your tooth temporarily. He will check if the dental veneer's size and color fits your tooth. The dentist might need to trim the veneer so it will fit the tooth. Your tooth will undergo cleaning, polishing and etching. Then, the veneer will be permanently cemented on your tooth. The dental veneer will be applied with a special light beam to harden it in place. Your bite will be evaluated and the veneer will be adjusted as needed.