The process of having veneers designed and placed is simple and straightforward. Before anything else can happen, you need to let your dentist know that you’re interested in veneers. This is an elective procedure, so it’s usually not something that is actually prescribed. During your next oral exam, mention your interest in veneers to your dentist.
A few steps you can expect to follow during the process include:
Initial Exam – At this appointment, your dentist will examine the affected teeth in order to send accurate information to the dental lab. X-rays, 3-D imaging, and impressions may also be taken to ensure accuracy. This information will be sent to the lab, and your custom porcelain veneers will be created within about one to two weeks.
No Prep Veneers – Porcelain veneers can generally be placed in a single visit. The first step is preparing the affected teeth. The dentist may remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth to eliminate misaligned teeth. The teeth will then be cleaned, polished, and etched, which makes the surface rougher to facilitate more secure bonding.
Placement – Before applying the cement that will bond the veneers to your teeth, the dentist will place the custom veneers to ensure that they fit properly, He may need to trim or otherwise adjust the veneers, but this shouldn’t take long. Once the dentist is confident about the placement, cement will be applied and the veneers will be positioned. A hand-held light will then be used to permanently bond the veneers to the teeth.
Final Steps – Once the cement is completely hardened and the veneers are successfully bonded, the dentist will remove excess cement from the teeth and evaluate your bite. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled to ensure the quality of the veneers, or your dentist may wait until your next regularly scheduled oral exam.
Once the process is complete, you can expect your veneers to last for several years. The appearance of your teeth will be improved instantly. Porcelain veneers are resistant to stains, but you should still practice good oral hygiene. Come in for regular oral exams and follow your dentist’s advice as usual. You’re sure to love your new, flaw-free smile.
Veneers: where function and beauty converge
Although most people consider veneers a cosmetic dental procedure, they also serve a functional purpose by strengthening teeth previously weakened by cavities and fillings. Porcelain veneers are also less likely to stain than large white fillings. In fact, dental veneers are one of the most natural-looking and long-lasting smile restoration procedures available in dentistry today. Once completed your veneers will look and feel just like natural teeth.