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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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The Procedure Involved When Getting Dental Veneers

by Myrtle Banks

Dental veneers are dental appliances that are typically made of porcelain or sometimes plastic. They are designed to cover the front sides of the teeth so as to alter their color, shape, or size. This, in turn, will improve the arrangement of your teeth giving you a greater look. Veneers are used to fix various dental problems. These include:

  • Teeth that are discolored either because of stains from some drugs or excessive fluoride.
  • Teeth that are not properly shaped
  • Teeth with gaps between them

For you to get a dental veneer procedure properly done, you have to make three trips to your dentist. One trip involves a consultation and the other two involve applying of the veneers. The veneering process involves three stages described below:

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

Here, you explain to your dentist exactly what you are trying to achieve. Your dentist will then examine your teeth to determine whether the dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss the whole procedure with you. They may then decide to take X-rays so as to get impressions of your mouth and teeth.


When preparing your tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about a half a millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface. This is an amount equal to the thickness of the veneer that will be added to the tooth surface. An anesthetic will be used to numb the area so that the dentist can trim off the enamel without you experiencing any pain. This is then sent to a dentist laboratory where your veneer will be constructed. Your veneer will be later sent back to your dentist.


Your dentist will first temporarily place the veneer on your tooth to examine its fit and color. Your tooth will then be cleaned and polished so as to roughen your tooth for a strong bonding process. Cement is then applied to the veneer and the veneer is placed on your tooth. Your dentist will then apply a special light beam to the veneer which will in turn activate chemicals in the cement causing it to harden. Any excess cement is then removed and your bite evaluated.

You should, therefore, consider visiting a dental clinic so that they can improve how your teeth look like if you have any dental problem that can be fixed with dental veneers. These dental appliances can help boost your self-confidence a great deal.