Your dental health is just as important as your general health. If you’ve largely ignored your dental health for years, your teeth may have deteriorated to a point where they need to be replaced or where a cap needs to be placed on top.

To restore a tooth so that it is functional and looks new and natural, most people opt for veneers. A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is placed over the tooth to improve the tooth’s strength and appearance. The veneer bonds to the tooth through the use of an adhesive. In addition to improving your tooth’s strength, the veneer is also an effective way to correct misalignment.

If you’re planning on getting veneers, here is what you can expect from the process:

Veneers are an In-Office Procedure

One of the advantages of getting veneers, unlike many other dental procedures, is that veneers are performed in office and are non-surgical. That is to say, your dentist will not need to put you under anesthesia. In addition, there is no need to perform an incision. As such an easy procedure, you can expect to be in and out of the office in no time.

Before the Procedure

After taking a mold of the tooth and creating the veneer, your dentist may be ready to perform the procedure. Before the veneer is fitted onto your tooth, the dentist will buff the tooth at about half a millimeter.

If you are particularly sensitive, then the dentist may ask if you would like local anesthesia during the buffing process. After the dentist has buffed the tooth to the appropriate level, you’ll be ready to have the veneer fitted to your tooth with a strong adhesive.

During the Procedure

During the procedure, the dentist will verify that the color of your teeth matches the shade of veneer. By matching your veneer to your teeth properly, your dentist will be able to achieve a more natural look for your teeth.

After the veneer is placed on the tooth, the dentist will apply a blue light to the surface of the tooth for a few minutes. The blue light works to harden the adhesive so that the veneer stays on the tooth. Once the veneer is hardened to the tooth, your appointment should be over. Some dentists like to provide you with an overview regarding proper upkeep. If you haven’t received instructions, below is some information that may help.

Maintaining Your Veneer

Veneers are meant to replicate the natural surface of your tooth. Naturally, you should floss and brush your teeth on a daily basis. If you’ve eating or drank something that can stain the tooth, then it is recommended that you brush afterwards too.

If you are someone who has a tendency to grind their teeth in their sleep, a condition known as bruxism, then you should request a bite guard from your dentist. This will protect your veneer from damage when you sleep.