Cosmetic dentistry is transforming lives through complete smile makeovers, and porcelain veneers lead the list of aesthetic treatments as a wildly popular procedure. If you’re considering porcelain veneers for a new smile, here’s what you can expect…
The First Appointment
You will need to schedule an hour or two for your initial appointment, and you may want to take photos or magazine clippings to show your dentist the kind of smile you prefer or what you would like to change. After a thorough examination to assess your oral health and existing dentition, your dentist will discuss with you the kind of smile you envision. Be prepared to discuss the color and shape of your ideal smile at this appointment.
The dentist will take notes on the shade of your teeth, your facial features, and measurements of your face. If you have questions about your veneers or the procedure, your dentist should be happy to answer them.
Generally, during the first appointment, your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel in preparation for your new veneers. Tooth reduction will allow the veneers to lie flat, in line with surrounding teeth. Reshaping of teeth may also be required to create the look you want. There are certain situations that may require little or no enamel preparation.
Your dentist will then make an impression of your teeth to send to the dental lab. Before you leave the dental chair, temporary veneers will be placed. Your teeth may feel a bit sensitive at first.
A local anesthetic may be administered to ensure your comfort during veneer placement. Your dentist will remove the temporary veneers and check the fit of your permanent veneers. You can look at the shape, color, and fit before they are attached. If adjustments need to be made, you should tell your dentist at this time. Veneers cannot be altered once in place. If all is well, your dentist will permanently bond the new veneers to the front surface of your teeth.
Your New Smile
In as few as three dental visits, you can enjoy a completely new smile! If you’re considering a smile makeover, call us for a consultation. A few veneers may bring back the smile you’ve been hiding!