Composite veneers can be done in just a single visit. Your dentist will adhere mouldable white composite resin to the front of your teeth. The material sticks directly to the tooth without a need to prepare the teeth. Composite veneers have a limited lifespan, however, and can often start looking dull and stained within 5 years.
Porcelain veneers take up to three visits to prepare but will have a much longer lifespan, of approx 20 years.
Visit 1. During your first visit, your dentist will take a 3D scan of your mouth & create a digital mock-up of your veneers. This scan can then be 3D printed and a set of temporary veneers placed on your teeth allowing you to “try before you buy”.
Visit 2. In most cases, the dentist will remove some enamel from the front surface of your teeth to make space for the veneers. A mould of your teeth will be taken and sent to a dental technician to create your custom hand-made porcelain veneers.
Visit 3. In this final visit, the dentist will bond the porcelain veneers to your teeth with a very strong dental adhesive. Afterwards, you will be given a grinding guard to wear at night to help protect your new smile.