Porcelain dental veneers are an excellent solution for patients with stained, discolored or misaligned teeth. Cost effective and generally a painless procedure, dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures done today.
The first step in the process is an initial consultation with a cosmetic dentist, who will first discuss the patient’s concerns about the appearance of the their teeth. As a part of the initial consultation, the dentist will examine the patient’s teeth and make a determination if the patient is a candidate for porcelain veneers or if another cosmetic procedure would be more appropriate. The dentist will discuss their recommendations with the patient and schedule a follow up appointment.
At the next appointment the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the face of the teeth, which will receive the veneers. In some cases, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area. Once the enamel has been removed, the dentist will make an impression of the teeth, which will receive the veneers, with the impression being sent to a dental lab for fabrication. In certain cases, the dentist will install temporary veneers, while the permanent veneers are made. The installation of the permanent veneers usually occurs 2-3 weeks after this appointment.
In most cases, the final appointment is to have the permanent porcelain veneers installed. The dentist will further prepare the patient’s teeth, by etching the surface of the teeth, to promote the bonding of the veneer to the tooth. Once satisfied with the fit, the dentist will apply cement to the veneer and cement it into place, using a special light to accelerate the bonding process.
Once installed, dental veneers will immediately approve the appearance of any patient with stained, discolored or misaligned teeth!
Posted on behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
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