Veneers are very thin shells that are attached to the front part of teeth. They are often made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers and do not change colour or stain. Generally, porcelain veneers take at least 2 dental visits to apply and composite resin veneers can be done in one visit. Porcelain veneers generally last longer than composite resin veneers.

If it is decided porcelain veneers are your best option Dr. Williamson may give you a local anaesthetic (freezing). He will then remove a thin layer of the enamel from your tooth to make room for the veneer. A mold of your tooth is made and it is used to custom-make your porcelain veneer. In the meantime, a temporary veneer may be placed on your tooth to replace the portion of the tooth that was removed. This is worn until your porcelain veneer is ready. Temporary veneers are very fragile and need to be treated gently during eating and cleaning as they come loose very easily. On your next visit, the temporary veneer is removed and a mild chemical is placed on your tooth to make it a little rough. This helps porcelain veneers stick to your teeth better. The porcelain veneer is then glued to your tooth using composite resin cement.  Ask Dr. Williamson if this is an option for you.

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