1)What is a veneer?
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth,
like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural colour 'composite'
material is used instead of porcelain.
2) How are teeth prepared for a veneer?
Some of the shiny outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed, to make sure
that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later. The amount of enamel removed
is tiny and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted, so that
the tooth stays the same size. A local anaesthetic (injection) may be used to make
sure that there is no discomfort, but often this is not necessary. Once the tooth
has been prepared, the dentist will take an 'impression' (mould). This will be given
to the dental technician, along with any other information needed to make the veneer.
The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that
the veneer will look entirely natural.