How porcelain veneers procedure is performed
The description of the process when placing tooth veneers can be divided into three steps, you can read more about below:
Step 1 – The consultation
The first step for those who consider tooth veneers is to contact a clinic that performs and has good experience of the treatment. You can find these in our clinic directory for cosmetic dentistry. However, your first visit will involve consultation and examination.
The purpose of your dental visit is that as a patient you receive all the information you need to decide whether dental porcelain veneers are right for you. This also includes how the treatment is performed, how much it will cost and what results you can expect, both immediately and over time.
During your visit, the dentist will examine your teeth to determine whether tooth veneers are the right treatment for you and if so what results he/she believes it can achieve.
Step 2 – Preparing for treatment
Once you have decided to carry on, you will have to return to the clinic for a preparatory treatment.
The first thing that happens is that a thin layer of the tooth enamel is filed down (0,3-1,0mm) to accommodate the veneers. Then an imprint of the teeth will be sent to a dental laboratory where the veneers are made, which will take about 1-3 weeks.
In some cases, the dentist puts temporary veneers to your natural teeth, in order to protect them while you are waiting for the dental veneers.
Step 3 – The final treatment
During your final visit, the porcelain veneers will be placed on your teeth. But first, the dentist places each veneer on the teeth to check their fit. If required, they will be filed down to get the perfect shape
In the next step, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and immediately before placing veneers, the dentist applies a special gel to provide a better grip of the veneers.
At the final stage, the veneers are cemented into place with special cement, the dentist will apply a special light beam to the veneer, which activates the cement. This type of cement is very strong, but in rare cases it is possible for a veneer to become loose after a while. If that occurs, save the loose veneer and it can be placed over your tooth again.
When the porcelain veneers are placed over the teeth, excess cement is removed and at this point you are ready to enjoy your new smile.
It is common, and recommended to take photos before and after aesthetic treatments to ensure the result.
If you choose to go to a trained cosmetic dentist, a so-called mock-up is most likely fabricated, and allows you to see what your new set of teeth will look like. The advantage of this is that you have the opportunity to try them in your mouth and give your opinion before they begin the process of trimming.