Porcelain veneers refer to the thin porcelain shells bonded to the front surface of a tooth to correct its shape, colour, size, position, or other issues. Compared to crowns, veneers do not cover the entire tooth, and so they don’t need as much removal of healthy tooth tissue.
For the veneer to appear natural, there are a number of procedures that must be done to ensure that the veneer sits at the same level as your other teeth to create a flawless smile.
Here’s what to expect when getting your porcelain veneers fitted:
Stage 1: Consultation with your dentist
Once you decide that veneers is your ideal choice, you’ll consult with a dentist. During your consultation, an impression for a wax mock-up of your new smile will be made.
During your consultation, your dentist will discuss various treatment options with you and will give you a general idea of fees. He/she should also make an impression of your teeth to design a wax mock-up of your new smile.
Stage 2: Secondary Consultation
During this meeting, you’ll review the mockup made by your dental professional to ensure that you’re happy with the size and shape of your new teeth.
Stage 3: Preparation, Digital Scan and Temporization
Before your procedure begins, your dentist should numb the affected area (teeth and gums) in order to trim a thin film of the tooth or teeth surface. Trimming some of the tooth’s thickness helps to ensure that the veneer is less noticeable as the tooth being fitted with the veneer will be nearly the same thickness as the other teeth. If your veneer treatment is aimed at correcting slanted or crooked teeth, your dentist may choose to shave of more than just the width of the tooth.
Next, your dentist will take a digital scan using technology like the iTero Scanner. Once this is complete, the dentist will set temporary veneers that are made to match the mockup created in Stage 1. This allows you to get comfortable with the appearance of your new smile before making them permanent.
Stage 4: Try-in, Bonding and Polishing
This is where things become official! Your finished veneers will be tried to confirm the shape, contours and colour. Once your dentist is happy with the results and you’ve given the greenlight, your dentist will prepare the site with an acid etching of the tooth surface before applying a bonding adhesive. Then, they’ll apply the veneers with a colour matched cement, and will cure that cement with an LED light.
Finally, your new teeth will be polished to remove excess cement, refined to have a perfect bite, and polished to have a high gloss finish.
Depending on your dentist, they’ll likely have a variety of options for treatments and payment plans. Talk to your dentist to see what options are available to you so you can find the solution that best suits your needs. The preparation and actual placement of dental veneers is very important, so take your time to find the right, qualified dentists to perform the procedure.