One of the most comprehensive and effective methods for enhancing your smile is veneers. They provide a permanent tooth whitening option as well as completely change the appearance of your pearly whites. While the results are definitely promising, you’ll probably want to know exactly what the entire procedure will involve. Keep reading to learn five steps of the veneer process so that you understand what to expect!
Step #1: The Initial Consultation
Your first visit will primarily be a discussion between you and your dentist about your veneers. This is the time to inform them of any issues you’d like to be corrected and what you’d want your smile to look like afterwards. During this time, feel free to ask your dentist plenty of questions so that you are both on the same page before starting the treatment.
Step #2: A Smile Preview
Before preparing your teeth, your dentist may offer a preview of your new smile through several means. For instance, they might create a life-size model of your teeth and shape wax “veneers” onto it to see how it’ll look. They may also provide trial veneers out of tooth-colored filling material or acrylic plastic to place on your teeth. You won’t leave the office with this on, but you can use this as reference to what can be accomplished.
Step #3: Preparing Your Teeth
Once a design has been set, your dentist will prepare your smile to make impressions for your veneers. This is done by either polishing or shaving off a tiny portion from the front of the targeted teeth. The amount removed will depend on the results you want and the position of the teeth.
Step #4: Laboratory Fabrication
Your dentist will make impressions of your prepared teeth and send them to a lab for fabrication. As you wait several weeks for you veneers to be completed, you’ll wear a provisional set to protect your smile. This also serves as another trial, as you can inform your dentist of their appearance and any changes they’ll have to make before placing your final set.
Step #5: Cementing Your Veneers
Once your veneers are complete, they’ll be fused onto the front of your teeth with a special cement. After the bonding process, it’ll feel like each porcelain shell and tooth are one and the same!
While your new veneers will feel and function as natural teeth, you should still take preventive measures to avoid damaging your cosmetic work. Brush and floss daily—and visit your dentist regularly—to ensure they are maintained for years to come.
About the Author
Dr. Robert J. Young earned his dental doctorate from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. With a passion for providing outstanding dental care, he offers modern and comprehensive treatments to help patients achieve their best smiles—especially those who need it most. Among these options is cosmetic dentistry, including veneers to reshape your pearly whites. If you want to know more about the veneer process, visit his website or call 609-597-1830.