What Happens During a Veneer Procedure
Are you interested in getting dental veneers from your Woodbridge dentist Dr. Charles Sours? Then find out what goes into the actual procedure so you know exactly what you can expect from treatment.
Step 1: Discuss Your Smile Needs
Before you even get veneers you’ll need to come into our Woodbridge, VA dental office to determine whether veneers are the right treatment option for you. Besides examining your smile to check for signs of other issues like decay or gum disease that will need to be addressed first we will also talk to you about your smile goals. After all, we want to make sure that veneers can give you what you are looking for from cosmetic dentistry.
Step 2: Tooth Preparation
Once we’ve given you the green light for veneers the first real step in the process is preparing your teeth for your new restorations. This requires your cosmetic dentist in Woodbridge, VA to shave down some tooth enamel from the front and sides of the teeth using a dental drill. This will ensure that there is enough room for the veneer to be applied without the smiling looking fake and cumbersome.
While patients may shy away from any treatment that uses a drill, you’ll be relieved to hear that a very small amount of enamel is actually removed, that the process is painless and that anesthesia is rarely needed.
Once the teeth have been prepared we will take impressions of your smile to send to a lab.
Step 3: Choosing Your Shade
Next we will have you look through a shade guide with us to determine which color veneers you are looking to get. Remember, even though you’ll want to get ones that offer a more vibrant and whiter smile you’ll also want ones that are more realistic.
Step 4: Designing Your Restorations
The impressions that we took during your first visit will then be sent to a laboratory where they will create a replica of your teeth and then create veneer specifically for them. During the weeks that your veneers are being made we will fit you with temporary veneers, usually made from acrylic. While these veneers aren’t as durable as permanent ones, you will still be able to speak and chew comfortably.
Step 5: Applying Your New Veneers
Once your veneers have been sent back from the lab you’ll come in for a final visit so that we can remove your temporary veneers and place the real ones on. First we will paint special dental resin between the natural tooth and veneers, then using a special light beam we will harden the resin so that the veneers are permanently adhered to the front of your teeth.
If you are interested in getting veneers the next step is to schedule a consultation with us to find out if your smile is right for this cosmetic treatment. Book your next visit with us right now.