Initial Consultation

First and foremost, have a conversation with your dentist about your desired goals. It is critical for your dentist to examine your teeth and confirm your expectations achievable. Your dentist will also need to confirm veneers are a realistic option for you. Communication is the key toward achieving beautiful results. Whether you are looking to restore one tooth or cover your entire smile, it is important that you and your dentist are on the same page.

Different sets of teeth result in different needs for each patient. For those with smaller teeth, the main concern may be to finally close the gaps between each tooth. Where those with teeth of different lengths or colors , may seek uniformity throughout their smile. Ask your dentist about cosmetic imaging which will allow you to see a projection of your future smile. Keep in mind that veneers are made of thin pieces of porcelain meant to replicate natural teeth. The porcelain laminate is made of several ceramic layers that will attach to the top of your teeth. Your dentist should discuss these materials with you and how they will be applied. Be prepared for your dentist to perform x-rays if necessary to fully gage the possibilities and limitations of the procedure.

Veneer Preparation

Under most circumstances, your dentist will need to remove about half a millimeter of enamel from surface of the tooth. To ease pain and discomfort, your dentist will likely apply an anesthetic to your mouth to numb the area. If the length or structure of your teeth are an issue, your dentist may choose to restructure them using methods such as filing or shaving. Next, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth. The model will be sent to a laboratory that will form and mold your personal veneers. Laboratories usually need up to 4 weeks to create the veneers. If you are facing a dental emergency another alternative right away, ask your dentist if temporary veneers are an option.

Veneer Attachment

Once your veneers arrive, your dentist will examine them in your mouth to confirm they are the correct shape and color. If there is an issue, your dentist will be able to trim the veneer to fit properly to your tooth. Color correction can also be performed using different types of cement. Next, your dentist will clean and “roughen” your teeth to allow the veneer to bond appropriately to the tooth. Light sensitive resin and curing lights are then used to activate the chemicals in the cement. Finally, your dentist will remove any excess cement and make necessary adjustments.

Follow-Up Visit
In several weeks plan to visit your dentist for a check up. Inform your dentist of any issues including severe sensitivity to temperature, rough edges, unusual noises, or pain when you chew. Any problems should be addressed right away. Finally, go home and enjoy your gorgeous smile!