Some dentists start by grinding their teeth and then make an impression of their teeth to create a mold. They will then send the mold to a laboratory for the porcelain veneer to be made. Once the veneer is ready, your dentist can place it over the prepared tooth and stick it in place. Your dentist will place the veneer on your tooth to examine its fit and color, repeatedly removing and trimming the veneer to achieve the proper fit, before permanently gluing it to your tooth.
The color of the veneer can be adjusted to the shade of the cement to be used. Next, to prepare the tooth for receiving the veneer, the tooth will be cleaned, polished and etched. The engraving hardens the tooth to allow a strong adhesion process. A special cement is applied to the veneer and then placed on the tooth.
Once the veneer is positioned correctly, your dentist will shine a special beam of light on it to activate the chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden very quickly. The final steps consist of removing any excess cement, checking the bite and making the necessary adjustments. Your dentist may ask you to come back for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check your gums and veneer placement. On your first visit to the veneer, to the dentist, a very thin layer of enamel is removed from your teeth.
Imagine that it is less than the thickness of a nail. The dentist then makes impressions to create a mold so that your permanent veneer can be made. The process involves applying a thick paste-like substance to the teeth and having the patient bite into a tray to block an impression. Some dentists also use the camera attached to the chair to take a picture of the teeth.
Porcelain veneers are attached to teeth with a dental adhesive, glue or cement. Although veneers are very thin, once they are attached to the teeth they become strong. The process is fast and conservative. First, your teeth are prepared and the impressions are sent to a dental laboratory along with the design of your new smile.
Veneers may be recommended along with other cosmetic procedures to produce optimal results. Once everything is in place, including the tone, shape and aesthetics of the veneer, it's time to stick it to the tooth. It can take anywhere from a week to a month to prepare your temporary veneers for your next appointment. There may also be a charge for the initial consultation on your cosmetic veneers, but it can often be applied to the final total if you decide to continue with the placement of the veneers (of course, ask your dentist about this and all other itemized costs before signing on the dotted line).
If your dental veneers are cracked or damaged in any way, contact your dentist immediately to assess the damage and repair or replace them. Once you and your dentist have determined that veneers are a good course of action and an appropriate solution to the problems you have with your teeth and smile, you will have a series of appointments. They are applied by removing 0.3 to 0.5 millimeters from the tooth surface to preserve the nerve of the tooth and maintain it with maximum strength, ensuring that the veneers last a long time and that there are few or no problems to replace them if necessary in the future. After all, if you put veneers on your teeth, you'll see the work of the dentist who created and applied them for about a decade every time you look in the mirror, so you'll want to make sure you're seeing someone who's not only skilled, but who can help you achieve the look you're hoping to achieve.
Before the veneers are actually glued in place, the dentist will place them over the teeth and make final adjustments to the shape, fit, and even color (which can be adjusted by the shade of the dental cement used to adhere them). Some dentists who offer veneers may offer 3D images so you can see what your potential new smile might look like. There are a variety of options for dental veneers depending on your needs, the type of appearance you want, your budget, and more. Some of the main advantages of veneers are that they are relatively non-invasive and less painful than braces or other orthodontics.
Porcelain veneers are considered to be the best for resisting stains and mimicking the light-reflecting shine of natural healthy teeth, while composite resin veneers are less expensive and may be a good alternative, but they don't always last as long as porcelain veneers. Veneers may be your best option if you want to change the shape of your teeth more than just a little, as is done with adhesion, but not enough to require a crown. You will have a follow-up visit after you have lived with your permanent dental veneers for several weeks to make sure that everything is healing well and that your gums and bite respond correctly to new additions to your teeth. During the time you have your temporary veneers (which is usually 2 to 3 weeks), you will be able to review and “live with your new teeth” for a while, allowing you to give feedback and make any changes before the veneers are cemented to your teeth on the third appointment.