A Step By Step Guide To The Process Of Getting Porcelain Veneers

Posted on: 11 October 2022

Porcelain veneers can be a great option for people who are looking to improve the look of their smile by eliminating cosmetic issues such as discoloration and chipped teeth. The fact that veneers do not require your natural teeth to be extracted can also be extremely beneficial. If you are considering the use of veneers, you may be wondering about what you could expect from this process. The step-by-step guide below can provide you with the information you need so that you can know exactly what to expect throughout the entire process.

Step 1: Dental Molds

Part of the reason that porcelain veneers look and feel so natural is that they are custom-made to replicate the size and shape of your real teeth. In order to this, your dentist will need to begin the process by taking dental molds of your teeth. These molds allow the dental lab to create your veneers to perfectly match the size and shape of your teeth while also addressing issues such as gaps in between teeth and chipped or broken teeth. Once your molds are completed, your dentist will also ask you to choose a color for your veneers. While it can be tempting to go for the lightest shade available, choosing a slightly darker shade of white will often provide a more natural look. Your choice in color and your molds are then sent to the lab so that your veneers can be made.

Step 2: Prepping Your Teeth

While veneers are made from very thin porcelain material, some tooth enamel will still need to be removed in order to allow the veneers to fit over the front of the tooth without feeling or looking bulky. This procedure can be done right in your dentist's office and will typically be relatively pain-free. In many cases, your dentist will perform this procedure directly before your veneers are attached in order to prevent any damage to your teeth between the time this procedure is completed and the time you get your veneers. 

Step 3: Attaching Your Veneers

Once your teeth are prepped, it will be time to get your veneers put on. This process is completed using a very strong dental cement that is designed to last for several years. Since porcelain veneers only cover the front of your teeth, there will be no need to apply adhesive to the full tooth. This also helps to ensure your new smile both looks and feels natural. Once your veneers are in place you will want to wait at least a few hours before eating or drinking in order to ensure the adhesive has had ample time to dry fully.

For more information on porcelain veneers, contact a professional near you.