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What is the Process for Getting Dental Veneers?
Most who can benefit from dental veneers understand how they can help them achieve a better smile, but all too many forego receiving dental veneers out of fear that the process is too long and invasive.
The process behind dental veneers
The process of getting dental veneers is a fairly simple procedure, but it can be helpful to fully understand what to expect in order to calm any nerves that may exist before the procedure starts. While each patient may have a slightly different experience, the following is a four-step process for getting dental veneers.
Evaluation and recommendation
The first step in the process of receiving dental veneers to fix minor cosmetic concerns and achieve a better, brighter smile is for the cosmetic dentist to conduct an oral examination and evaluate the patient to determine whether or not they are the best form of treatment. After the evaluation, the dentist can recommend treatment to the patient and describe the exact process involved if they were to choose dental veneers. Once both the patient and the cosmetic dentist agree to treatment, a time can then be scheduled to prepare the tooth, take impressions and send the impressions to the lab for customization of the dental veneers.
The tooth preparation process is performed to ensure that the dental veneers fit properly and match the shade of the other existing teeth. This step in the process usually involves removing a very small amount of tooth enamel so that the veneers can be placed and fitted comfortably onto the tooth, without appearing too bulky.
In addition, the cosmetic dentist is likely to perform a professional in-office tooth whitening on the patient, helping them achieve the brightest smile possible. After whitening is performed, an appropriate shade is picked for the veneers and the customization process begins.
It may take several weeks to receive the customized dental veneers from the laboratory. During this time, temporary veneers are likely to be provided. Once the permanent ones arrive from the laboratory, the cosmetic dentist can notify the patient and an appointment is scheduled to place the veneers.
The actual placement of the veneers often involves fitting the veneers to ensure that they are going to look amazing and fit comfortably over the patient’s existing tooth. After the fitting, the veneers are permanently cemented to the surface of the patient’s tooth, giving them a bright, beautiful smile to take home.
It is important for patients to make it into all of their scheduled follow-up visits after dental veneer placement. While issues with veneers are not at all common, it is still important to keep a close eye on the veneers for the first few weeks after they are placed and ensure that they fit comfortably and stay securely in place.
After the process is over, the patient is left with a smile that they can truly be proud of, which everyone deserves. If you are considering dental veneers and want to learn more about the process of getting them, contact our cosmetic dentistry office and find out how we can help.
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