Those interested in getting dental veneers are usually curious about the procedure. You want to know what to expect – how long will it take? Will getting porcelain veneers hurt?
To answer the second question, and put your mind at ease, getting porcelain veneers is virtually a pain-free process. As for how long it takes to get porcelain veneers, the answer is two appointments.
The first visit appointment involves an examination. Your dentist will need to assess the overall health of your teeth and gums. Your dentist might also find problems, such as a cavity, which will need to be corrected before the dental veneers can be placed.
During the first visit, two important procedures will take place: trimming your tooth and making a mold of your tooth. These procedures are the basic prep work for getting started with placing your dental veneers.
Trimming actually means removing some of the surface of your tooth so that your dental veneers will be even with the rest of your teeth. Without removing some of the enamel, your dental veneers would appear much thicker than the surrounding teeth.
The word “trimming” might sound a bit scary, but the amount of enamel removed is only about as thick as an egg shell. Also, your doctor will give you a local anesthetic to control any pain you might experience.
After your tooth has been trimmed, the dentist will take an impression of the teeth that are going to receive the porcelain veneers. Most dentists will take a mold of your teeth using a putty-like substance. This process is not at all painful.
You and your dentist will also work together to select a color for the dental veneers. Everyone’s teeth have a slightly different color, and even the teeth within an individual’s mouth differ slightly in color. By using a special chart, your dentist will pinpoint the color that best blends with your natural teeth, and your porcelain veneers will be crafted precisely to those specifications.
After the appointment is over, your dentist will send the impression and the color selection to a lab where skilled technicians will hand-craft the porcelain veneers for your teeth. Expect to wait about one to two weeks for the process to be completed. Once the dental veneers have been fabricated, your dentist will bond them to your teeth.
The first step is for your dentist to clean both the porcelain veneers and your teeth. Next, an acidic etching gel is used to roughen the surface of your teeth. A rough surface is necessary for the cement to create a strong bond between your teeth and the dental veneers.
After the etching is complete, the porcelain veneers will be cemented onto your teeth. Once the dental veneers are in place, your dentist will use a special light to “cure” the cement. The curing process takes less than a minute.
Once the porcelain veneers are bonded, your dentist will take a few minutes to trim away any excess cement and polish the veneer. Your porcelain veneers may also need a bit of reshaping so that they fit perfectly with your natural teeth.
Unlike some of the more invasive cosmetic dentistry techniques, there is no recovery period with porcelain veneers. Note, though, that the teeth which received the dental veneers are likely to be sensitive to cold and heat for several days.
Around a week or so later, your dentist will want you to come back for a check-up. During this appointment, your dentist will make sure that your dental veneers look and feel right to you. Your dentist will also make sure that no complications, such as gum inflammation, have occurred. After that, all that’s left to do is enjoy your beautiful new smile!
Porcelain veneers could be key to creating the smile you’ve always wanted. Make an appointment with Absolute Smile to learn if dental veneers are right for you.