What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin, translucent or semi-opaque ceramic shells that dentists place over the teeth using dental cement to hide imperfections. Dentists recommend veneers for hiding cracks, chips, and discoloration on the teeth. These prosthetics are permanent and last ten to twenty years before they need replacement. They’re impervious to cavities but can still discolor if consistently exposed to various pigments.
Our wafer-thin porcelain veneers are expertly crafted to mimic the look and feel of your natural teeth, blending seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. Despite being barely a millimeter thin, our porcelain veneers are durable and will withstand pressure from biting into hard foods. They’re also very easy to clean and get a beautiful sheen with a simple brush of the teeth.
What to Expect When Getting Veneers
Initial Consultation and Treatment Planning
The first step in getting veneers after scheduling an appointment is the consultation. This consultation will involve discussions about your medical history, cosmetic goals, and expectations. The dentist will also take x-rays and examine your teeth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. If everything checks out, the dentist will create a custom treatment plan for your veneers.
Tooth Preparation and Taking Impressions
The dentist will prepare your tooth by shaving small bits of enamel off the affected teeth. Doing so allows room for the veneer to attach to the teeth securely. After preparation, the dentist will press a putty-like material onto the affected teeth to get their impressions. Alternatively, they might use a digital scanner to accomplish the same.
Temporary Veneers and Veneer Bonding
The dentist will send the impressions to the lab, which takes about two weeks to manufacture. Meanwhile, the dentist will also give you temporary acrylic veneers to wear while you wait for the actual ones.
Once your real veneers arrive, the dentist will schedule an appointment to install the veneers. Installation starts with etching the surface of your teeth using etching acid before applying an adhesive and placing the actual veneers. The dentist will then use a special blue light to cure the bonding material, hardening it and cementing the veneers in place.
Final Adjustments and Follow-Up Visits
The final step involves adjusting the veneers to ensure optimal comfort, a proper bite, and proper aesthetics. If satisfied, the dentist will send you home with instructions for caring for your new veneers. They'll also schedule follow-up appointments to check the progress of your treatment.