The process of having a porcelain dental veneer put in will take a couple of visits to your dentist in order to ensure they look and work exactly as you desire. During your first visit, the dentist will complete an examination of your teeth, including taking photographs and impressions, and will speak to you in depth about the changes you want to make with your smile. That information will be provided to a certified laboratory technician to make a wax model, which you can approve before any work is done in your mouth. Once approved, we can use that model to try the new smile before we make any permanent changes to your teeth. We often advise to take the temporaries out for a “test drive” for a period of time, to make sure you are totally happy. Often, doing this allows us to be as conservative as possible and remove a little natural tooth as needed. You will personally visit the lab to pick the color and characteristics of your new teeth. After the veneers have been created, you’ll return to have them installed. Your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned in order to prevent any bacteria from growing underneath the cover, and the front surface will be etched to create a rough texture that allows for secure bonding. After the veneer has been attached, you will be able to use it normally almost immediately after the anesthesia wears off.