Do you have one or more things you want to change about your smile, but are you worried that cosmetic dentistry will be complicated, painful or may even look unnatural? Are your discolored, crooked or misshaped teeth keeping you from putting your best smile forward? Porcelain veneers may offer a simple cosmetic dentistry solution that can be completed in the dental office, and the treatment is comfortable and conservative. 

Veneers are custom-made semi-translucent shells that are fitted over the front surfaces of your teeth. This creates a remarkable — and immediate — makeover of your teeth color, size and shape. Veneers allow you to create the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. In this blog, we will walk you through the six steps to the quick and conservative porcelain veneer treatment process

1. Your Consultation Visit

Before you get started with any cosmetic dentistry treatments, you’ll need to schedule a consultation visit. During these initial appointments, a review of all your cosmetic dentistry goals and dentistry options, including porcelain veneers, will be on the table for discussion. Because porcelain veneers are so versatile, they are the most recommended solution to correct a range of cosmetic flaws, including chips, cracks, stains and gaps in your smile.

2. Preparation of Your Smile

If it is determined that porcelain veneers are the best option for your cosmetic dentistry goals, we’ll need to prepare your smile and capture digital scans and images as well as likely make impressions of your teeth. Depending on the type of recommended dental veneer, we may need to remove a small amount of surface tooth enamel to accommodate the restoration. Once your teeth are prepared, additional scans are taken, and the smile design process begins!

3. Porcelain Veneer Design

Once your new smile is prepared, the digital scans are used to design and create a precise representation of your teeth. We will then help you select a beautiful new color for your veneers which are crafted from high-grade porcelain, so the color of the veneers you select will never fade. If any of your tooth enamel needs to be removed during the preparation process, a temporary veneer will be placed to protect your smile until the final product is returned from the lab. 

4. Porcelain Veneer Creation

Your new veneers will be precision-designed in a specialized dental laboratory. There, the highest-quality materials and advanced techniques are utilized to craft the porcelain veneers that meet our exact specifications. In approximately 2-3 weeks, your new veneers will be ready to be permanently attached to your teeth and give you the beautiful smile you have been looking for.

5. Placing the Porcelain Veneers

Finally, you’ll return to our dental office for the placement of your custom veneers. To ensure your comfort, local anesthetic may be applied to the treatment area and, when necessary, remove any temporary veneers. Then, our cosmetic dentist carefully cements the porcelain veneers in place over your teeth using a special light to speed up the hardening process. If you are happy with the look and feel, we will polish your smile and make any minor adjustments to ensure your new bite fits together naturally. Finally, you’ll leave our dental office with a picture-perfect smile.

6. Caring for Your New Smile

If you want your porcelain veneers to keep you smiling for the next twenty years, it’s essential to take care of them well. Brushing and flossing twice a day is still a top priority to keep your teeth under the veneers safe from decay. Continue to get regular checkups and cleanings as before, or surface deposits can build up on your veneers. Remember that while veneers are strong, they are not indestructible. Chewing on pens or fingernails or using your teeth as tools to open bottles all put your new veneers at risk.  

If you are looking for an accelerated path to a complete smile transformation, veneers may be the solution for you. We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with our team. Contact us today to set up a time to meet so you can begin your journey to a new smile. 

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