Like any medical procedure, there are certain steps you should take when preparing for a dental veneer procedure.
Veneers are a popular cosmetic option for approving the mouth’s appearance. They are commonly used to correct discolored, chipped and/or oddly shaped teeth, as well as reduce the size of a tooth gap.
Here’s what you can expect for the dental veneer procedure.
What to Expect for a Dental Veneer Procedure
The procedure itself involves removing a small layer of enamel from the front of the tooth. Once this is accomplished, the veneer is cemented on.
The actual veneer is custom made to fit your tooth and match the color of your other teeth.
While snap-ons only require one visit, due to the fact that they are not custom-fitted, ceramic and porcelain take two visits. While the expediency of snap-ons may sound attractive, make sure they are the right choice for other reasons.
The difference in lifespan is significant. Snap-ons may need to be replaced in only five years, while porcelain can last past 10 or 15 if properly cared for.
At the first visit, the doctor will take X-rays, and a small layer of the tooth enamel will be shaved, approximately 0.5 mm. An impression or mold of the tooth is taken and sent to the lab where they will custom make the veneer.
At the second visit, approximately one to two weeks later, the dentist checks the fit of the veneer and once satisfied, cements them in place. An ultraviolet light is then used to harden the cement and secure the veneers.
A follow-up visit is often scheduled to make sure the fit is proper and no unidentified problems emerge.
Before the Dental Veneer Procedure
Do your research before the first visit. Know the options and if veneers do, in fact, correct the problem. Decide what material is best and come prepared with questions.
Make sure the dentist is familiar with the complete medical background. Certain medical conditions may affect the results or have reactions to any medication prescribed. Always be honest and transparent with medical providers. This includes anxiety. The staff is there to assist and make each and every patient as comfortable as possible.
Veneers can correct the discoloration and stains caused by smoking. Because dental porcelain is impervious to stains, smoking will not stain them. However, it can stain the material used to attach the veneer. This creates pearly white veneers framed in a yellow-brownish tinge.
What to expect between visits
Tooth sensitivity is caused by the erosion of enamel. Between the first and second visits, patients will experience sensitivity.
Prepare the cupboard for oral comfort. Since tooth sensitivity is felt from hot or cold foods, stick to room temperature foods for the week between visits.
Once placed, tooth sensitivity should decrease or go away. If it persists longer than a week or two after having the veneers placed, call the dentist to let them know.