July 2, 2022
Porcelain veneers are one of the hottest cosmetic dentistry solutions available! Your dentist can bond ultra-thin sheets of dental-porcelain to your teeth to provide them with an enhanced appearance—and the results are absolutely life-changing! That said, you might still have questions about the veneer process and what goes into receiving them. Here’s a breakdown of the five major steps involved so you know what to expect.
Step #1: Initial Consultation
The first and obvious step of the veneers process is the initial consultation with your dentist. This is where you’ll discuss your smile goals and inform your dentist of any issues that you’d like to have corrected. Your dentist will have to double-check that you’re a suitable candidate for veneers; they’re capable of completely changing the appearance of your teeth, but only if you have enough enamel to support them. It’s also worth noting that some issues are beyond the capabilities of veneers and will require a more restorative treatment option.
Step #2: Smile Preview
There are several ways your dentist can show you what porcelain veneers can do for your teeth before you fully commit to them. They might create a life-size exact model of your teeth and shape wax “veneers” onto them to see how it looks. They can also provide you with trial veneers that are made from an acrylic plastic or tooth-colored filling material, which can be placed directly on your teeth.
Step #3: Preparing Your Teeth
Once you and your dentist are on the same page about your smile goals and have agreed upon a plan, your teeth will be prepared for the new veneers. This is done by either polishing or shaving off a tiny portion of enamel from the front surfaces of the teeth being treated. The amount removed will vary, depending on your individual circumstances, but your dentist will only remove what is absolutely necessary.
Step #4: Laboratory Fabrication
Once your teeth are prepared, impressions (molds) of them are made and sent to a dental laboratory where your veneers will be manufactured. There, technicians will create an exact replica of your teeth and use them to create your veneers. This process can take a while, so in the meantime you’ll likely be given a provisional set to wear, which also serves as another trial.
Step #5: Bonding the Veneers
Once your veneers have been crafted and sent back to your dentist, they’ll be bonded to the outer surfaces of your teeth using a special method. The insides of the veneers are “etched” with a mild acidic solution, which opens up pores in the surface and allows for stronger bonding. Your dentist then uses a special cement that fuses the teeth and veneers together.
Your new veneers will look and feel like your natural teeth, and they’ll last for several years if you take good care of them! But knowing the steps that go into the veneers process can also help to ensure that you know what’s at stake and feel pretty great about the new look your smile is receiving.
About the Practice
Bellevue Family and Cosmetic Dentistry proudly serves patients and families in the Bellevue area under the leadership of Dr. Preet Taneja. Dr. Taneja received her dental doctorate from the University of Washington School of Dentistry and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Washington State Dental Association. Her practice is pleased to offer many available services including porcelain veneers. If you have any questions about veneers or would like to schedule a visit, don’t hesitate to reach out online or over the phone: (425) 641-1902.
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