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Dental veneers are custom-designed covers for teeth used for whitening or damage repair.

Before You Go

Questions to ask your doctor:

  • Are there any procedures I can try before committing to dental veneers?
  • Can you describe the final position of my teeth post-veneer?
  • Do you have any photos of patients five to 10 years post-procedure?

What To Expect

First, you will pick what color veneers you want from a chart. The dentist will prepare the selected teeth for veneer attachment by removing about half a millimeter of enamel from the teeth. An impression is then taken of the treated teeth. If you are getting porcelain veneers, which can take up to two weeks to be manufactured, you will get temporary veneers.

You will return to the dentist once the porcelain veneers are ready. Temporaries are removed. The natural teeth are cleaned, polished and etched. (Veneers adhere better to slightly rough surfaces.) After adjusting the color, trim, and fit, the veneer is positioned and permanently bonded to the tooth. Excess bonding cement is then removed. You now have new veneers.

Who should do it: You'll want to find a cosmetic dentist with lots of experience in securing veneers to teeth. Ask to see before and after pictures, and make sure the dentist actually performed the pictured procedures.

Duration: The veneers are applied in two or three visits over a span of approximately three to six weeks.

How Painful Is It?

The application of dental veneers may better be described as uncomfortable than painful.

Options for anesthesia: Local anesthesia is used to dull the pain of shaving down your teeth.

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