Although many have considered dental veneers to improve their smile, some fear that the veneers process is too extensive and complicated.
By understanding exactly what the veneers process consists of, you can make an informed decision as to whether dental veneers are the best cosmetic restoration for you.
The veneers process
The dental veneers process is quite simple for a cosmetic dentist to perform. Learning more about this process may help calm your nerves.
The following is a complete guide to the entire veneers process, from the first visit to veneers aftercare.
Diagnosis and planning
The first step in the veneers process involves determining whether veneers are the right form of treatment. Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that cover the visible surface of teeth. They are best for individuals with healthy teeth, who simply want to improve the appearance of their smile.
The dentist is likely to conduct a thorough oral examination to determine if veneers are appropriate. The next step begins after both the dentist and the patient agree to dental veneers.
Trimming and impression
The dentist will trim the tooth to the desired size so that the dental veneers can easily and comfortably fit onto the surface of the teeth.
After the tooth is trimmed and prepared for the dental veneers, the dentist will take an impression of the teeth that need veneers. The impression helps to determine the exact size of the veneers. This part is crucial because veneers can last many years, so you want the best fit possible.
Bonding the veneer
It often takes several weeks for the lab to make the veneers. During this time, the dentist will likely place a temporary veneer over your damaged or discolored teeth.
Once the permanent dental veneers arrive, they are then professionally bonded and cemented to the tooth. You will instantly have a beautiful smile that is free of any imperfections that previously existed.
Your dentist will match the color each veneer to the surrounding teeth to create an even smile. No one will notice your new appliance since the porcelain shells are so similar to natural teeth.
Follow up appointment
Most dentists require patients to come in for a follow up to make sure the veneers are properly fitted and are not causing any issues with the gums or surrounding teeth.
The dentist may examine your bite and other aspects that you might not even notice.
After the follow-up appointment, the veneers process is complete. Your new smile should last for up to 20 years!
Caring for your veneers
Your veneers are like regular teeth. You can maintain your lifestyle without worrying about the veneer falling off. The porcelain is durable and stain resistant. While your regular teeth may change color after years of drinking wine and coffee, your veneers will maintain their color for years.
The best way to care for your veneers is to brush and floss daily.
Do you want a new smile?
Call our office to learn more about the veneers process. Let us help you get back your old smile.