A brand spanking new set of pearly white veneers could put a smile on even the most stoic red carpet-walking celebrities.
Making an unforgettable first impression and gaining more confidence is high on the list for those who have considered this common cosmetic service.
If you’re looking into the veneers process or maybe wondering how long it takes or what it involves, then hopefully this guide will give you an idea of what to expect!
The Veneers Process in 4 Easy Steps
Whether you were born with a less-than-ideal set of chompers, time and age have not treated them well, or a medical condition requires it, the protective layer of dental veneers can be both beneficial and dazzling.
After first consulting with your dentist about what you expect to achieve through this procedure and receiving any necessary information directly from them, the process can begin.
1. Trimming a Bit Off the Top
Your dentist will need to remove a small layer of enamel from the front of your teeth.
This is because the veneers themselves will take up a certain amount of space in your mouth. Removing a small natural layer of enamel from your teeth will account for that space so your lips aren’t bulging out.
This is also probably the point at which you may ask yourself, “Is the veneers process painful?”
The answer is “maybe.”
This is only something you or your dentist can truly answer. It’s a procedure that can be done without anesthetics, but your teeth may be quite sensitive and you may need what’s called a dental shot, which a good dentist will certainly have available.
2. Impressions and Colors
Your dentist will create a mold of your teeth and gums, as well as determine the right shade of color for your veneers.
Everyone’s mouth is unique, and you want your veneers to mold to your mouth perfectly. You also don’t want a veneer that’s a significantly different color or shade compared to the other teeth surrounding it.
Rainbows are nice, but here we want uniformity!
3. Editing, Bonding, and Cementing Veneers
After the mold has been sent away to a lab, created, and sent back, your dentist will have time to temporarily place them in your mouth and adjust the shape or color as needed.
This is like the editing phase, and it’s important for you to know that this is your last chance to request or make changes before they become harder to make. So be sure to work with your dentist.
When you’re satisfied, your teeth will be washed, polished, etched with an acid etching gel, and a bonding agent will be applied before cement is placed inside the veneers.
A dental curing light will be used in your mouth for only a couple minutes and will essentially “lock” your veneers in place.
4. Wrapping and Following Up
Excess cement may need to be removed, the veneers can still be trimmed and polished further as needed, and your dentist will most likely need to test your bite to make sure everything’s correct. But at this point, you’re nearing the finish line!
The veneers process itself can take weeks to a month in total as time is needed between certain appointments such as consultation, trimming enamel, taking the mold, receiving the veneers, etc., but it’s ultimately a simple process.
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Hopefully, this guide gives you a better idea of what to expect if you’re considering veneers
Nicholson Family Dental is here for you if you’re looking for cosmetic services, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.