What Happens When Getting Dental Veneers?

Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are attached to the front surface of the teeth to improve their appearance. They can be used to treat various cosmetic concerns such as broken, chipped and discolored teeth. If you are interested in getting dental veneers, then you need to learn more about what goes on during the procedure, so you can know exactly what to expect from treatment.

The process of getting veneers

Step 1. Consultation

Before getting veneers, there is always an initial consultation with the dentist to discuss the options that are available. The dentist examines and takes X-rays of the person's teeth during this stage, to determine whether the patient is a good candidate for veneers. They will look for signs of gum disease, tooth decay or the need for a root canal. If any of the aforementioned conditions are present, the dentist might suggest a different dental treatment. However, if the patient is deemed to be a good candidate, the dentist will set up an appointment to start the procedure.

Step 2: Tooth Preparation

Once the patient has correctly for veneers, the next step is preparing the person's teeth for the prosthetics. During the preparation stage, the dentist will trim down teeth enamel to create room for the veneers. After that, they will take an impression (or mold) of the teeth using a thick paste, and then send it to a dental lab where the prosthetics are made. The patient can expect to wait for about one or two weeks for the dental laboratory to make the veneers. During the period when the veneers are being made, the patient may be fitted with temporary veneers, generally made from acrylic.

Step 3. Placement

Once the veneers are sent back from the lab, another appointment is scheduled to have the veneers placed. During this appointment, the dentist evaluates the shape, color, and fit of the veneers to ensure they match properly. The dentist will then clean, polish and even trim the surface of the teeth to prepare them for the veneers. The oral professional will place the veneers onto the teeth using a special dental resin, which is hardened using a special light. This step permanently adheres the veneers to the front of the teeth.

Step 4: Follow Up Visit

After the veneers are placed, the dentist may schedule a follow-up visit after a week or two to ensure the veneers still function and fit properly.

Veneers are not only natural looking, but these prosthetics also allow you to make dramatic or subtle changes to the way your smile looks. The steps involved in getting veneers may take a bit of time, but the durability and beauty they offer make them worth the wait. If you want to get that beautiful, radiant smile you have always dreamed of, give us a call today and set up your consultation. We will gladly walk you through the veneer procedure and help you get that smile you deserve.

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