Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain laminates bonded directly to the teeth. After removing about a half-millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, these thin shells are bonded (cemented) to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length.
They are an option for closing gaps, enhancing the shape, or changing the color of teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures. In most cases, some level of tooth reduction is necessary for optimal results. To achieve a pleasing smile, dentists fabricate diagnostic mock-ups, which act as a tooth preparation guide before the fabrication of veneers. It allows the dentist to visualize the changes needed on the patient’s teeth for size, shape, and proportion, its relation to gingival contour, lip contour, and smile line. Mock-ups can significantly aid in fabricating pre-evaluation temporaries, which can give a preliminary evaluation of the esthetics, phonetics, and teeth occlusion. In addition, it allows the clinicians to check if they need to do any corrections.
Veneers Process (Step-By-Step)
This is a typical process of veneer treatment. If your dentist has advanced 3-D technology, you may be able to get a veneer custom-made in only a single dental visit.
You cannot whiten veneers. If you need teeth whitening done, it should be performed before your veneer treatment to avoid color discrepancies. Your dentist will take intraoral photographs and dental x-rays and complete an examination to determine if you are a proper candidate for veneers. Select offices will use an intraoral scanner to show you your before and result before starting the procedure.
Tooth preparation includes a small amount of tooth enamel removed to make room for your veneer. Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb you so you are comfortable during the procedure.
+ A traditional putty impression or intraoral scanner is used to create a mold of your teeth.
+ You and your dentist will use a shade guide to look at your adjacent teeth to choose the natural color for your veneer(s).
+ The impression and shade are sent to a laboratory to create a custom porcelain veneer that fits precisely to your teeth.
+ Your dentist will create a temporary veneer chairside to give you a restoration to wear until your veneers are ready. They are not made to be permanent and usually last a few weeks.
+ At your next dental visit, your dentist will fit and adjust your veneers until they are appropriately placed. Your bite will be checked.
+ Once adjusted, the veneer is permanently bonded to the front surface of teeth. Excess cement is cleaned off.
This is considered a breakthrough in cosmetic dentistry methods for those who do not want to grind many teeth but still need to overcome the status of teeth that are stained, yellow, uneven, open… beautiful, and bright white.