Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are used to help refabricate the natural look of your teeth and also provide resilience and strength comparable to your tooth’s natural enamel. They are made to fit the shape of your tooth and bonded to the enamel to mimic your tooth’s organic appearance. Typically, they are an option we offer you if your teeth are discolored, chipped or broken, worn down, misaligned, or have gaps between them.
Veneers are a less intrusive option compared to crowns or braces and can close smalls gaps between teeth or help fix slight misalignments. Often, they are a cosmetic and meant to enhance the brightness of an individual’s teeth and straighten their smile.
What to Expect
Putting in porcelain veneers requires more than one trip to our office. Usually, we ask that you come in for a consultation appointment, a preparation appointment, and a bonding appointment. During the consultation, we will ask you to discuss with us what you’d like out of the procedure. This and such processes as examining your teeth, possibly making an impression of your teeth, and taking x-rays are necessary for us to gauge the appropriateness of dental veneers for you. Before or after we determine dental veneers as right for you, we will speak with you about some limitations of the option and how the procedure will carry out. Note that veneers are not a good option for individuals with unhealthy teeth, such as those who have decay or present gum disease, or those who have insufficient amounts of enamel.
If we determine dental veneers are a good choice for you, we will schedule you for the second appointment. The second time you visit our office, we will be preparing your teeth to have the veneer bonded. In order to allow for a veneer to bond, we will need to remove roughly ½ a millimeter of enamel from your tooth’s surface after injecting the area with an anesthetic. This amount is almost equivalent to the thickness of the veneer itself. After that, our staff will make an impression of your tooth to create a model. The veneers will then be constructed based off of the model and it will take 2-4 weeks to receive them. If necessary, we can use temporary dental veneers to cover your teeth.
The third appointment is when the bonding process will occur. Our staff will place the veneer on your tooth to check that the fit and color match; if the fit is off, we will trim the veneer as necessary. Before bonding the veneer, we clean, polish and etch your teeth. The etching process allows for a stronger bonding through the roughness of the tooth. Cement is placed on the veneer, which is placed on your tooth, and then a specialized light will be used to harden the cement in place. Excess cement is removed, your bite is evaluated, and any last-minute adjustments are made. Of course, we may ask you to return in a few weeks for a follow-up appointment to examine how your gums are acting in response to the veneer and reinspect the fit.
Afterwards, you may experience some sensitivity to temperature, which is perfectly normal for a few days. If you have any questions or concerns about your mouth’s response to the veneer or any other symptoms you may be experiencing, never hesitate to contact us immediately.