What Is the Process of Dental Veneers?

Do you have stained teeth and struggle with achieving a white, bright smile with bleaching? Maybe you have a minor crack or chip in your tooth and want to protect it from any further damage. If so, you may be a good candidate for dental veneers. Here's the process of getting these custom-made, tooth-colored shells to restore your healthy, attractive smile:


  • Diagnosis 

    • Your smile makeover will be a collaboration among your dentist, you, and a dental laboratory technician. The first step is to visit your dentist to discuss what you want to enhance in your smile. Talk to them not only about the issues you're looking to address but also your desired results. Your dentist will discuss your treatment options and likely take imaging tests.


  • Preparation 

    • ​​​​​​​During your next appointment, your dentist will make an impression of your tooth. They'll start by trimming about a half millimeter of enamel off your tooth. They may use a local anesthetic to numb the area and reduce pain. Removing a small amount of your tooth's front surface will allow space for the veneer. Then, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory. A lab technician will use it to create your veneers. 


  • Creation

    • ​​​​​​​You will receive your newly constructed dental veneers approximately two to four weeks after your dental impression is sent off to the lab. During this period, you'd likely be wearing temporary resin veneers as you wait for your permanent ones to be sent back from the lab. 


  • Bonding Placement 

    • ​​​​​​​Your dentist will arrange for you to go back to the clinic for bonding placement, which lasts about an hour. They will remove your temporary veneers and prepare your natural tooth to receive the veneer. To do this, they will clean and polish your tooth. They will also etch your tooth to roughen the surfaces, to help strengthen the bonding. 


  • Veneer Placement 

    • ​​​​​​​Your dentist will apply special cement to your veneers before putting it on your tooth. Once they're in the correct position, your dentist will perform photopolymerization on your veneer. This process involves flashing a particular light beam to activate the bonding elements in the cement. This causes the cement to harden fast and complete the bonding process. Your dentist will then make necessary adjustments. Once everything is bonded well and cured in place, you'd be able to look in the mirror at an entirely new smile. 



Veneer Care and Maintenance Tips


The most essential thing in caring for your veneers is to brush around each tooth and floss between them each day. Don't worry - flossing will not pull your veneer off. But not flossing could result in your veneer failing. 


It's best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle, non-abrasive toothpaste when cleaning your teeth. Baking soda and other harsh dental products can dull the veneers and result in surface scratches and staining. 


With proper care and maintenance, your dental veneers can last for as long as 15 years before you'd have to replace them. Are you interested in improving your smile with veneers? Visit Smile Center today to schedule your consultation. Call any of our offices in Delaware or Sunbury, Ohio, for more information at (740) 417-9565 or (740) 965-2451.