How Are Porcelain Veneers Placed?
What are porcelain veneers? If you are looking to straighten, cover up, whiten, or reshape your teeth, porcelain veneers offer a cosmetic dental solution for enhancing your smile to look just how you want. Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of tooth-like porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. The procedure generally takes a few visits to ensure the most accurate placement. You can expect to experience the general steps outlined below:
1. Initial Consultation: At an initial consultation, your cosmetic dentist will assess your teeth and discuss your goals for your smile.
2. Tooth Preparation: In order to compensate for the added thickness of porcelain veneers, your cosmetic dentist will prepare your teeth by reducing and preparing them beforehand. If you qualify for prepless veneers, no tooth reduction or preparation is necessary since the prepless veneers are so thin they can bond directly to the natural tooth surface.
3. Temporary Veneers: After your teeth have been prepared, your dentist will give you temporary veneers to wear while your permanent porcelain veneers are being designed and made.
4. Bonding: Images and molds of your teeth are sent to our highly skilled ceramist who carefully crafts your permanent porcelain veneers to fit your smile. Once your dental veneers are complete, your dentist will bond them to the front surface of your teeth. If you choose prepless veneers, no drilling is necessary!
5. Perfect Fit: After your porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth, your cosmetic dentist will check to make sure your bite, color shading, and tooth shape all contribute to an aesthetically pleasing smile.
To ask a cosmetic dentist about porcelain veneers, as well as additional treatment options for creating a beautiful new smile, use our Crown Council dentist locator to find a cosmetic dentist near you.