An Overview Of The Steps Involved In Getting Dental Veneers

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Dental veneers are an effective and relatively affordable way to improve the appearance of your teeth. Yet many people hesitate, simply because they're scared by what they don't understand about the process. If you are considering getting dental veneers but would first like to learn more, read on. This article will detail the steps involved in getting dental veneers.

Making a pre-impression.

Once you and your dentist have agreed that dental veneers are a suitable cosmetic option, the first step is often to make a so-called pre-impression. This is done using a material known as polyvinyl siloxane. With this impression, you dentist will be able to create a set of temporary veneers for you to wear during the several weeks it may take for permanent veneers to be fabricated.

Preparing the teeth for veneers.

The next phase of the veneer process involves removing up to 1.5mm of the tooth's surface in order to create room for the veneer. This is necessary in order to blend the veneer in with the adjoining teeth; without removing part of the tooth, the veneer would be noticeably larger and longer. Enamel removal also helps to increase the strength of the bond between tooth and veneer.

The enamel is removed using a series of special dental drills. Because this process may involve a slight amount of discomfort, your dentist will likely choose to begin by anesthetizing the teeth to be prepared. Once the procedure is finished, a second impression will be made. This is the impression that will be used to create the permanent veneers.  

Installing the temporary veneers.

At this point, temporary veneers will be created using the pre-impression. This mold is filled with a synthetic resin known as dental composite and then pressed against upward against the prepared teeth. After a minute or so the resin gels and the mold is removed from the mouth. Using the resin as a model, temporary veneers are then created and then cemented to the surface of the tooth.

Removing the temporary veneers and installing the permanent.

As soon as the permanent veneers have been constructed by a dental laboratory, your dentist will contact you to schedule another appointment. At this time, they will remove your temporary veneers and then attach the permanent ones. This involves first cleaning the teeth, etching them with a mild acid to improve bonding, and then applying the adhesive cement.

The veneers are then pressed carefully into place. Adjustments are made to ensure a close fit and natural appearance. Once this is done, a special blue light is shined on the teeth. This light acts to cure the cement, thus ensuring a strong lasting bond with the tooth. For more information, talk to a professional like Tore D Steinberg DDS PC.


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