What is the Process of Getting Veneers?

Are your teeth cracked, misshapen or not the ideal white shade you want them to be? One of the options your dentist may recommend is getting veneers.


Many patients think veneers only serve cosmetic purposes, but they can also restore and protect your teeth from further damage.

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If you’re needing to get veneers, it may put your mind at a little bit of ease knowing what the process of getting veneers are. Here is the veneer process can be broken down into three steps: diagnosis, preparation and bonding. Each of these steps require a separate visit to the dentist. One or multiple teeth may receive a veneer at the same time.


Diagnosis. In your first visit, you’ll discuss with your dentist the results you want to achieve. The dentist will examine your teeth to see if veneers are an appropriate option for your teeth and your dental health circumstance. The dentist will explain the procedure to you and describe some of the limitations of veneers. X-rays and molds of your teeth and mouth may also be done at this first visit.


Preparation. The tooth or teeth need to be prepared for the veneer(s). This tooth preparation process involves the removal of ½ a millimeter (or the thickness of the veneer) of tooth enamel from the surface of the tooth or teeth. It is important that this layer is removed for the veneer to fit securely and properly. The removal of the enamel can be painful, therefore, local anesthesia is applied to numb the area beforehand. After the removal of the enamel, an impression of your tooth (or teeth) will be done. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory which will use it to make your customized veneer(s). It usually takes 2-4 weeks for a veneer to be made and sent back to your dentist office.  


Bonding. In the third and last dental visit, you’ll be fitted with your veneer(s). The dentist will temporarily place your veneers on your teeth and examine the fit and color. Repeated removal and replacement will be done as the dentist trims and adjust the cement shade to achieve the perfect fit and color. Once the fit and color is right, the dentist will prepare your teeth for the permanent adherence of the veneers by cleaning, polishing and etching (or roughing up) the surface of the teeth. A special bonding cement will then be applied to the teeth and the veneer will then be placed on top of it.  A special light will be used to activate the chemicals in the cement, allowing it to harden quickly. Any excess cement will be removed as well as any final adjustments. An examination of your bite will be done to ensure proper fit and placement. A follow-up visit may be suggested to re-examine the fit of the veneer and the reaction of your teeth to the veneers.


If you’re not happy with your smile, veneers may be a solution. Contact us at Smile Restorations today to set up an appointment. If veneers aren’t the best option for your smile goals, we offer a variety of other restorative and cosmetic dental services that may be more appropriate.