Before applying your ceramic or porcelain veneers, your dentist may numb your tooth with a local anesthetic before gently removing a thin layer of the tooth’s enamel. This is important because your dentist needs to make room on your tooth for your veneer.
Next, your dentist will take a mould of your tooth, which will be used to create your custom veneers. This ensures your veneers will fit your tooth perfectly, making them more subtle and natural-looking. After taking the mould, your dentist may fit you with a set of temporary veneers to protect your teeth while your permanent veneers are being made.
Temporary veneers are very delicate, so you should take care when eating and drinking to avoid accidentally damaging or dislodging them.
When you return for your second appointment (once your custom veneers are finished), your dentist will remove the temporary veneers and treat your tooth with a mild chemical solution. The chemical solution roughens the surface of your teeth, making it easier for your veneers to adhere. Once your tooth is ready, your dentist will permanently affix your veneers in place using composite resin cement.