How are veneers applied?
The dentist will firstly prepare the natural tooth, which may have to be resized by grounding down the tooth’s surface (tooth enamel) to allow the veneer to sit flush amid the rest of your arch of teeth. Depending on the degree of resizing, a local anaesthetic may be required during this part of the veneer’s construction.
If a porcelain veneer is recommended, it will be custom-fit to the damaged tooth. Once made, the veneer is temporarily put in place so the predetermined shape, size and colour are checked. The damaged tooth is then cleaned with appropriate conditioner and the veneer is then cemented into place.
If however, a composite resin veneer is decided instead, it will be sculpted onto the damaged tooth, after being cleaned and resized and then beamed with light to consolidate each layer. When the ideal shape determined by you and your dentist is achieved the surface is then polished to make the veneer appear like a natural tooth.