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The Step-By-Step Process of Porcelain Veneers

Woman getting porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells that correct imperfections on the front surface of the teeth. Because they can fix all sorts of issues, including discoloration, chips, gaps, and undersized teeth, they have become increasingly popular and are a favorite among celebrities. However, it is important that you understand how the procedure goes before you fully commit. Continue reading to learn more about the different steps of the veneer process.

Creating a Plan

When you go to your dentist, the first thing that you will do is come up with a plan. Afterall, your dentist wants to help you reach your smile goals, so it’s important that you play a role in the process. You will discuss the changes you want made to your smile with your dentist. Bringing pictures of smiles you like can also be helpful if you are having a smile makeover. Your dentist will be able to give you their professional input.

Preparing Your Teeth

Once you and your dentist are both satisfied with a treatment plan, it is time to have your teeth prepared for their new veneers. The way your teeth are prepared can very depending on your desired result, but it includes your dentist removing a small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth in order to allow room for the veneers to be placed. The goal is to remove as little tooth structure as necessary since this is not reversible.

Dental Laboratory

After your teeth are prepared, an impression of them is made and sent to a dental laboratory. This is where technicians will make a replica of your teeth where the veneers will be made. This could take a few weeks, so your dentist will provide you with a set of provisional veneers. They will allow you to chew, speak, and smile comfortably until you are able to come back into the office for the final results.

Permanent Placement

Once your veneers are ready, your dentist will ask you to come back into the office. At this time, they will be permanently cemented to your teeth. First, the inside of your veneers and the surface of the front of your teeth will be etched with a mild acidic solution in order to open up tiny pores. Next, your dentist will apply a translucent cement that can fill these pores. This will essentially attach the two in a way where they become one unit.

With all of the benefits of porcelain veneers, it’s no wonder that they are so popular. By talking to your dentist and doing your research, you can determine if veneers are the best way to mold your smile into perfection.

About the Author

Dr. Greg Ritchie is a well experienced dentist who has been practicing for more than 18 years. He earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and has completed additional training in many aspects of the field, including cosmetic dentistry. For more information on porcelain veneers or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ritchie at his practice in Marble Falls, visit his website or call (830) 693-8833.


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