A Step-by-Step Process for Getting Veneers

Porcelain veneer procedure in Marietta.
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Porcelain veneers are custom-designed, thin shells that fit over the front of the teeth. For many people with cracked teeth, worn enamel, misaligned teeth or staining, this popular cosmetic dentistry procedure offers a fast, affordable fix. But while veneers are certainly a safe and established dental treatment, not every Marietta patient is a suitable candidate. Let’s examine the process for getting veneers and who can most benefit from the treatment.

What to Expect From the Porcelain Veneer Procedure

Patients are often surprised by the ease and convenience of veneer treatment. With most procedures completed in two or three dental visits, you can achieve a smile makeover with no downtime.

The Initial Consultation

The initial consultation is an opportunity to ask questions, discuss the treatment, learn about the range of cosmetic dentistry options and so on. The dentist will examine your teeth and gums to confirm whether you are a suitable candidate for veneers, and also discuss the range of materials. We prefer porcelain veneers for their appearance and durability. If your teeth have significant cracks, chips, gaps or staining, veneers are usually an effective option.

Teeth Preparation

To prepare the teeth for the veneer placement, your dentist will clean each tooth’s surface and remove a small amount of enamel. Patients often receive temporary veneers at this stage, to be used until the custom-made porcelain veneers are created.

Custom Veneer Design

Next, an impression of your teeth is taken using a mold or digital scan. One of the benefits of veneers is the custom design process, as the impression is used to create a perfect fit for your mouth and surrounding teeth. Your dentist will also discuss the appropriate shape, size and shade of the veneers to achieve your ideal smile.

Veneer Creation

Custom porcelain shells are created based on a patient’s personal requirements. Skilled technicians make veneers that combine durability with a natural appearance. Your veneers will look great and last for years!

Porcelain Veneer Placement

After the custom-made veneers are completed, patients return to the dentist’s office for final placement. The shells are placed over the teeth to allow for a final inspection of the shape, color and bite. If everything is satisfactory, the veneers are bonded into place using dental cement. Ultraviolet light is used to harden the shells into place, and the dentist then evaluates appearance and bite.

Follow-Up Care

As a permanent cosmetic dentistry treatment, veneers are designed to maintain an outstanding appearance for 10 years (and typically last much longer). However, patients still need to follow oral hygiene best practices, including daily brushing and flossing, taking precautions while eating hard foods – and visiting the dentist every six months for examinations. Best of all, with only routine care veneers provide an attractive, stain-resistant smile with no extra maintenance required.

Contact Us for Porcelain Veneers in Marietta

Shining Smiles Family Dentistry offers expert cosmetic dentistry treatments from our office in Marietta. To discuss porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, crowns and other dental solutions, contact our team today. Call (770) 420-8550 or request a dental appointment now.

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