The dentist will first administer a local anesthesia and again, will remove a thin layer of enamel from the front part of your teeth to make room for the composite veneer. He will then apply a thin layer of composite material, molding it into the desired shape. He will keep on adding thin layers until the veneer is completely formed. Finally, he will polish it in order to make it smooth and make sure that the fit is perfect.
In order to determine if you are a good candidate for veneers, you will need to have a consult with your dentist. He/She will need to evaluate your teeth to see if they are healthy enough, have sufficient enamel and enough tooth surface to support veneers. If there is not enough tooth structure available, a crown may be a better solution. Your gums will also need to be evaluated to ensure they are free from inflammation or infection. Your dentist may suggest that you have a professional cleaning first to make sure your gums are healthy and free from infection. Your dentist will also look for any signs of clenching or grinding. Clenching or grinding your teeth may break your veneers. A night guard may be fabricated for you after the veneers are placed to protect them.
Your dentist or dental hygienist will inform you on the ways to maintain good oral hygiene with veneers. Just as with the rest of your teeth, the teeth with veneers need to be brushed twice a day and flossed. A cavity can develop between the veneer and the natural tooth underneath if they are not well cleaned everyday.