Aesthetic improvements to a smile are just one of the reasons to schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist. Many people choose to visit these types of dental health professionals to enhance their teeth through a variety of treatments, such as whitening procedures, veneers, or dental onlays. While these can help your smile look whiter,…
What Happens During a Dental Veneers Procedure
Dental veneers are a great way to improve the color shade of your front teeth and create a more symmetric smile. They are also a trusted solution for restoring damaged teeth, such as chips, cracks, worn teeth, and more. This review discusses what happens during a veneers procedure, highlighting the step-by-step process that many dentists use.
The steps that are involved with a dental veneers procedure
The following is the general process for creating and placing dental veneers. The same process is used for each tooth regardless of how many veneers are being used to improve the patient’s smile. Of course, the process may also vary slightly for every patient as every dentist may have a slightly different procedure that works for them.
The consultation visit
The dental veneers procedure typically takes three visits. The first visit is the consultation. This visit provides the patient an opportunity to learn more about dental veneers and decide for certain if they are the right dental restoration. During the consultation visit, the dentist and staff typically review dental X-rays and conduct an oral examination as well. Oral health concerns may need to be addressed before veneers treatment.
Altering the tooth structure
Dental veneers require a minor alteration of the tooth’s structure in many cases, which typically takes place on the second visit. In some instances, the patient is able to prepare their teeth during the consultation. This involves removing a very small amount of enamel (usually less than half a millimeter) to make room for the dental veneer to fit in a comfortable and natural way. However, since some enamel typically must be removed, dental veneers are considered to be permanent. The good news is that veneers are made to last for well beyond a decade without needing replacement or a major repair.
The dentist takes the mold impression
Also on the second visit, the dentist can take a mold impression of the tooth after the structure is adjusted. The mold impression is what the laboratory uses to customize the dental veneer before it is sent back to the dentist. This allows for a more natural look and optimal feel and fit. The mold impression is quick and painless.
The veneer is created in a laboratory
It can take several weeks for the dental veneer to be customized in the laboratory. Once it is ready, then the dentist can schedule a follow-up visit (the third visit) for the placement of each veneer. Before permanently applying the veneer to teeth, the dentist will ensure it is comfortable for the patient and offers optimal aesthetic value. They can make adjustments to the veneer or enamel for a better fit and look if necessary. However, in the majority of cases, the veneers fit optimally due to the accuracy of the mold impressions.
The veneer is placed on the tooth
Before the dental veneer is placed, the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The dentist will then roughen up the surface of the tooth, which allows for a more secure fit for the dental veneer. Dental cement is used to bind the veneer in place, and a special curing light helps the cement harden quickly for a secure and long-term hold. It may take the patient a few days to adjust to the new feel of the veneers. However, they should fit comfortably and look great right away. The porcelain material of the veneers is incredibly durable and damage-resistant. With proper care, they should last for decades.
Caring for the dental veneer
A dental veneer is relatively stain-resistant, and the patient can care for it the same as they do the rest of their natural teeth. A healthy care routine should include brushing several times per day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash as directed.
Although the veneers are stain-resistant, stains can still develop from excessive consumption of coffee, tea, and other dark beverages. Veneers can also become damaged from dental trauma as well. It is important to wear a mouthguard during physical activity that may result in a blow to the mouth. A nightguard is encouraged for patients who grind their teeth at night.
Learn more about the dental veneers procedure during a consultation
Everyone deserves a beautiful smile that helps them feel confident each day. With veneers treatment from our dental practice, you can improve the overall beauty of your visible teeth and restore them if they are damaged. Call our dental team or send us a message to schedule a dental veneers consultation.
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