About Porcelain Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are placed on the front portions of your teeth in order to conceal aesthetic flaws from view. When in place, no one will be able to notice that you have porcelain veneers since they blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth structure.
Step One – The Initial Consultation
The first step of the porcelain veneers process is the initial consultation. During this exam, your dentist will determine if porcelain veneers are right for you. We will discuss alternative therapies, such as dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers. During your visit, we can review patients' porcelain veneers before and after images. It may also be a good idea to review our porcelain veneers FAQs prior to your visit.
Step Two – Cleaning the Teeth
If you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers, the next step of the process will involve the preparation of the tooth for treatment. First things first, the tooth or teeth in question need to be cleaned. A thorough polishing is in order.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are placed on the front surfaces of your teeth in order to conceal aesthetic flaws.
Step Three – Prepping the Tooth
The next step of the porcelain veneers process is the actual prepping of the tooth. Your dentist will need to remove a small amount of tooth structure from the front of the tooth in order to accommodate the porcelain veneer. This is a very small amount, generally just a fraction of a millimeter. However, some types of veneers, such as Lumineers®, may not require any tooth structure to be removed. Our team will discuss porcelain veneers vs. Lumineers® with you so that you have a thorough understanding of your options.
Step Four – Taking an Impression
Once the small amount of tooth structure is removed, an impression is taken of the tooth. It is from this impression that the final dental veneer will be crafted.
Step Five – Crafting the Porcelain Dental Veneer
There are a few different options when it comes to crafting the final dental veneer. Some dentists may send the impression to an outside dental lab to be created. Other dentists may have special advanced milling units on the premises that can create the dental veneer. Dr. Newman will describe this process to you during the consultation phase.
In the case of the dental lab practices, the dental veneer will be ready within a week or two. In the interim, the patient will need to wear temporary veneers.
In the case of the dental lab with an on-site milling unit, the digital impression is sent directly to that milling unit in order to custom create the porcelain veneer. The patient will wait an hour or two for this to be done.
Step Six – Final Adjustments to the Porcelain Dental Veneer
Once the final porcelain veneer is ready, the dentist will check the veneer against the prepped tooth and make any final adjustments to improve fit.