This type of veneer is a lab made restora_on and the process involves two appointments.
On the first appointment, the dentist will numb the tooth /teeth to be worked on.
Once numb, then a minimal amount of tooth structure is removed from the front, sides, and edge of the tooth. This creates room for the lab made veneer to fit over the tooth.
An impression is taken of the tooth/teeth to be restored so that the lab has the information it needs to fabricate the veneer.
You and the Dr. will together pick a shade for the restoration that matches or blends with any surrounding natural teeth or achieves any changes in color (whitening for example) that you may desire.
On the day of the first appointment you will leave the office in a set of temporary veneers.
The second appointment will be the delivery of the final lab made restoration. Typically it is not necessary for a patient to be numbed for this visit, although a patient may choose to be in cases of extreme sensitivity.
The temporary veneers will be removed and any residual debris will be gently cleaned from the tooth/teeth.
The permanent veneers will then be tried in and the fit and appearance will be checked clinically and radiographically by the Dr. The patient will have the option to view the veneers before cementation and approve the appearance as well.
If any changes need to be made, the restoration will need to be sent back to the lab for the correction to be made.
Once the fit and appearance have been approved by both the Dr. and patient, the veneers will be permanently cemented in place.
This type of veneer is done completely in-office during one visit. Tooth colored resin material is applied over the tooth to change its appearance.
Composite veneers may or may not require that any tooth structure be removed prior to placing the resin. Therefore, it may not even be necessary for a patient to be numb for the procedure.
The composite resin is placed on the tooth and shaped to achieve the desired effect. It is cured in place, permanently bonding it to the tooth.
Lastly, it is polished to achieve a glossy, more natural appearance.