Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- Are composite veneers a better solution for my personal tooth problems than porcelain veneers?
- Can I mix porcelain and resin veneers?
What To Expect
Resin veneers can be manufactured and applied in a single visit to the dentist. Resin veneers have a putty-like consistency that can be sculpted, after which a mild chemical is applied to the tooth and a bright light or laser is used to harden the material and secure it to the tooth.
Before the resin material can be applied, about 0.5 mm of enamel is first removed from your natural tooth. Scraping off tooth enamel may increase sensitivity for a week or two after the procedure.
Who should do it: Resin veneers can be molded and bonded by cosmetic dentists, but you'll want to make sure that yours is familiar with composite material as opposed to porcelain veneers. The more skilled the dentist, the more natural the appearance of the composite veneer and the closer the fit to the gum. Poorly fitted resin veneers can cause gum damage when bacteria is trapped between the veneer and the gum.
Duration: A single tooth may be replaced in under an hour, but as you can imagine, the more veneers you get, the longer you'll be in the company of your dentist. The speed of your appointment will ultimately depend on the number of resin veneers you're attaching and your individual dentist's skill.
How Painful Is It?
Any type of dental veneer placement can create discomfort since 0.5 mm of tooth enamel is reshaped to allow attachment of the veneer. A shot of local anesthetic will make the procedure tolerable. In fact, some say that the shot is worse than the cosmetic work.
Options for anesthesia: Local anesthesia numbs the treatment area while your teeth are reshaped and the composite veneers are bonded onto your teeth.