What is the Process of Getting Veneers

What is the Process of Getting VeneersPorcelain veneers can make a dramatic difference in your smile, fixing chipped, cracked, misshaped and discolored teeth. Porcelain veneers cement, or bond, to the teeth similar to crowns. However, veneers are very thin layers of porcelain that only cover the front of the teeth. Also like crowns, veneers have a natural appearance and are color matched to the surrounding teeth. Teeth veneers look so natural that no one will be able to tell that the veneers are not your real teeth.

The process of getting veneers is simple and quick, and can often be performed in a single visit to your dentist. You first need to decide how many teeth require veneers, and this will depend on the cosmetic issues you and your dentist decide to treat.

If veneers are going to be used to cover a cracked or chipped tooth you will only require one or two veneers. If your teeth are discolored your dentist may recommend that you have your teeth whitened before selecting the veneer color. This will make color matching the veneers to the surrounding teeth easier and also allow the veneers to be best color matched to the whitest shade of your surrounding teeth. Color matching the veneers is not as important if you are treating an entire row of misshapen teeth; if all the teeth will have veneers you can pick whatever shade of white you like best.

Your dentist will remove a minuscule amount of the natural enamel from each tooth, generally less that the width of a human hair. This will allow the veneer to achieve a better fit with the tooth surface, so there are no spaces between the tooth and the veneer. Removing the enamel enables a better bond and prevents food particles, which will harbor bacteria, from becoming trapped between the tooth and veneer. Like the entire process of getting veneers, removal of the enamel is totally painless.

After your dentist has prepared your teeth an impression of the inside of your mouth will be taken with a putty-like substance called “impression material.” The putty is tasteless and sets up in a matter of seconds. These impressions are needed so your dentist can make your new veneers align perfectly with your existing teeth, giving you a perfect smile. Depending on your dentist, the impressions may be sent to a lab that will craft the veneers or your dentist may have a machine in the office to make the veneers in just a few minutes.

Next, your dentist will dry fit the veneers to your teeth to ensure a proper fit. If there are no issues your veneers will be cemented into place and your new smile is completed.

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