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How are ceramic veneers put on teeth?

Steps to place ceramic veneers (a thin shell custom-made to fit on the tooth) include:
  1. When necessary, the dentist removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the tooth. There has to be room for the veneer so that your tooth looks natural.
  2. Next, the dentist makes an impression of the prepared teeth so that the shape of the preparations and surrounding teeth can be copied in the dental lab. The dentist also decides on the veneer shade that will be best for you.
  3. The impressions are sent to a dental lab that custom-makes the ceramic veneers to fit your teeth. This may take several days. The dentist may give you temporary veneers to wear in the meantime.
  4. At the next visit, the dentist places the veneers on the teeth to check the fit and shape. After any adjustments, the teeth are cleaned and the ceramic veneers are then bonded to the teeth.
  5. Further changes may be made at a later appointment.

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