To construct veneers, a dentist will need to remove a small amount (usually about 0.5mm) from the front surface of the tooth. The dentist will then take an impression of your teeth. The impression is sent to a dental technician who will take about 2 weeks to construct the veneer.
Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, the dentist will examine its fit and colour, trimming the veneer if necessary to achieve the best fit. To prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, the tooth will be cleaned, polished and etched (which roughens the tooth and ensures a strong bonding process). A special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Once properly positioned on the tooth, a special light beam is applied to the veneer, causing the cement to harden very quickly. The dentist will remove any excess cement and make any final adjustments necessary.
Once a veneer is in place, it should be looked after in the same way as your other teeth – brushed and flossed regularly and a non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended.