A veneer is a thin shield of porcelain that is used to cover the front surface of the tooth. They are designed as a permanent way to change or enhance the look of stained, chipped, broken, or undesired teeth. A minimum of two appointments is often necessary to complete the procedure.
Here is what you can expect during a typical veneer preparation procedure.
Similar to most restorative dental procedures, impressions are taken before, during, and in some cases after the final placement of the veneers. The impressions taken before your veneer appointment are used to make a stone replica of your teeth. The stone cast may be sent to the dental laboratory to assist the lab tech when fabricating the final veneers, or to create a wax-up; replica of what the final veneers will look like. The wax-up may be used to create a temporary set of veneers that is worn during the time when the veneers are being made.
Choosing the shade of the veneers is an exciting step for most people. The final shade is determined by your request for a certain result, along with Dr. Caldwells recommendations. Customized to your skin tone and overall desire for whiter teeth, your dentist will recommend a shade that he feels will best appear as natural as possible, while still giving you the look of attractive, flawless teeth.
Veneers require very little removal of the enamel surface of the tooth. It will generally depend on the type of veneer used, position of the teeth, or Dr. Caldwells preferred method of preparing the tooth.You may or may not require local anesthetic for the appointment.
Impressions of the prepared teeth are taken inside your mouth using a very precise impression material that starts our as a thick paste. The impression material is filled into a tray and placed on the teeth.An impression of how your teeth bite together is also taken.
Dr. Caldwell or dental assistant will construct a set of temporary veneers made from an acrylic material, that will be cemented onto your teeth with a temporary cement. They will resemble your natural tooth, but may not appear as white as the final set of veneers and may feel rougher than your naturally smooth enamel. These temporary coverings will help protect the teeth from sensitivity, but keep in mind they are just as their name indicates; temporary. You should avoid the following with your temporary veneers:
The veneers will return after 7 to 10 business days for final cementation.Cement is placed on the back of the veneer and then placed onto your tooth. A bright light known as a curing light, may be used to harden the cement. Any excess hardened cement is removed from the teeth.
Dr. Caldwell will check how your teeth bite together to ensure you re not biting incorrectly onto the veneers. Small reductions of the opposing teeth may be necessary if the bite is not correct.