Is it easy to have a veneer fitted and what's involved?
Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy. Very little preparation of the tooth is needed as veneers are very thin and are held in place by a special, strong adhesive. Some veneers don’t need any preparation at all. Generally a veneer will require two to three dental visits.
A small amount of the outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed in the first visit – the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted – so that the tooth stays the same size. A local anaesthetic may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort, but often this is not required. Your tooth will look the same but just feel a bit rougher. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dental team will take an impression of the tooth so that the veneer can be custom made to fit. The colour of the surrounding teeth will be matched on a shade guide to get the right colour and ensure that the veneer will look like a natural tooth.
In the second visit, the dentist will show you the veneer to check you are happy with the shade and then bond it to the tooth. Our dental team may want to check and polish your venner a week or so after it is fitted, and make sure that you are happy with it.