Veneers usually require a few trips to the dentist. To determine whether veneers are right for you, our cosmetic dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth, take X-rays, discuss the results you wish to achieve, and address any concerns you may have.
Before starting the procedure, we will use a shade guide to determine which color of porcelain most closely matches your other teeth. To prepare a tooth for a veneer, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic if needed, and then a small amount of enamel will be removed from the tooth’s surface. Next, we will take precise impressions of your teeth. A master ceramicist will use these impressions to create custom-crafted veneers that fit perfectly and look like natural teeth. We will place temporary veneers to protect your teeth while your permanent veneers are being prepared.
At your next visit, your permanent veneers will be cemented. Before bonding permanent veneers, we will place them on your teeth to ensure a proper fit and color. They will be trimmed as needed, and your tooth (or teeth) will be cleaned, polished, and etched, which roughens the tooth’s surface to facilitate proper bonding. Your veneers then will be permanently cemented to your tooth. Any excess cement will be removed, and final adjustments will be made to make sure your bite is even and comfortable.