Veneers are a lasting, affordable, and quick cosmetic fix for imperfections in your teeth that prevent you from having the smile you have always wanted.
How is the veneers procedure?
The veneers procedure takes two or three visits to your dentists office. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process described below.
Here is a breakdown of how the veneers are put:
Diagnosis and treatment planning
Explain to your dentist the result that you are trying to achieve.
During this appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations.
To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface.
Before trimming off the enamel, you and your dentist will decide the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area.
Next, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. He will put temporary composite veneers to protect your teeth.
After your porcelain veneers arrive from the lab, your cosmetic dentist customizes your veneers to fit over your teeth in a way that will look and feel natural, by cutting excess material or matching the color of your tooth enamel.
Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched, which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process.
A special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth.
Once properly position on the tooth, the veneer is then light cured for 60 seconds on all surfaces of it to attach it to the tooth structure, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly.
The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary.
Your dentist may ask you to return for a follow-up visit to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine the veneer’s placement; a comfortable veneer will be a long-lasting veneer.
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