The dental veneer procedure has three steps. One or many teeth can undergo this process simultaneously.
• Your first appointment involves diagnosis and planning your treatment. You will discuss desired results with your dentist, who will examine your teeth to ensure that you are a good candidate for dental veneers. Your dentist may also take X-rays and make impressions to guide them through the treatment process.
• Your second appointment is for preparation. Your dentist removes a half-millimeter of enamel from the targeted teeth, corresponding to the thickness of the veneer. This step is irreversible, so you must be certain about undergoing the procedure. An impression is made of your teeth, which is sent to a laboratory and serves as a model for constructing the veneer, which usually takes two to four weeks.
• In your third appointment, the actual bonding takes place. The veneer is trimmed and adjusted to achieve the best fit. Your teeth are cleaned and polished in preparation for bonding. The veneer is attached with cement, which is hardened beneath a special light. Lastly, you may return for a follow-up visit to check that the veneer is settling properly.