Smile Perfecting Porcelain Veneers
Cosmetic dentistry is transforming lives through complete smile makeovers. And porcelain veneers are leading the way.
Picture perfect veneers give patients the renewed confidence of a brand new smile. If you’re considering porcelain veneers for a new smile, here’s what you can expect.
The First Appointment
You will need to schedule an hour or two for your initial appointment, and you may want to take photos or magazine clippings to show your dentist the kind of smile you prefer. After a thorough examination to assess your oral health and existing dentition, your dentist will discuss with you the kind of smile you envision. Be prepared to discuss the color and shape of your ideal smile at this appointment.
Our dentists will take notes on the shade of your teeth, your facial features, and measurements of your face. Your skin tone and facial symmetry will be considered when designing your veneers. If you have questions about your veneers or the procedure, we will happily provide you with comprehensive answers.
Before placement occurs, your teeth may need to be prepared. If this is the case, a small portion of your teeth will be gently removed in preparation for your new veneers, often during the first appointment. Tooth reduction will allow the veneers to lie flat, in line with surrounding teeth. A reshaping of teeth may also be required to create the look you want.
Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to send to the lab. Before you leave the dental chair, temporary veneers will be placed. Your teeth may feel sensitive until the permanent veneers are placed.
Behind the Scenes
After your first appointment, your dentist will order your veneers from a dental lab. A talented ceramist will handcraft the porcelain veneers from durable materials that look and function like natural dentition. The information your dentists provides the lab will ensure that you receive veneers that will create a smile that complements your appearance.
At the placement appointment, you will be given the final opportunity to see the shape, color, and fit of your veneers before they are attached. Veneers cannot be altered once in place, so it is important to indicate if you sense any adjustments needed.
If all is well, we will permanently bond the new veneers to the front surface of your teeth. First, we will apply a mildly acidic solution to clean the surface of your teeth; then we will bond the veneers in place. A small light will cure the bonding material. But don’t worry— Marietta’s Best Dentists will make sure that the veneers allow plenty of space for flossing!