Process of Getting Veneers

Process of Getting Veneers

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

Dental veneers are thin coverings, often made of porcelain, that are individually made to fit over one or more teeth that show when you smile. Each veneer is directly applied on the front surface of the tooth, and it wraps slightly over and to the back of the tooth for a natural look.

There are two main reasons for getting tooth veneers: First, to correct visible dental damage like teeth discoloration and chipped or cracked teeth. Second, to correct your smile by fixing gaps in the teeth and adjusting your bite. 

Let’s talk about the general process of getting dental veneers in case you are trying to choose between this procedure and another type of dental cosmetic procedure. We’ll also help you understand what to expect if you’ve already chosen to have veneers.

Step One: Consultation

Like any special dental treatment or procedure, it all starts with seeing your dentist to discuss how it will work for your teeth. Every patient’s situation and teeth are unique, so your dentist will assess your teeth for consideration of veneers. They may take X-rays to check your teeth’s health and look for signs of other dental concerns.

Step Two: Preparation

This step is necessary to accommodate the porcelain veneers. Your dentist will first slightly file down the tooth or teeth that are getting veneers in order to make room for them. The dentist will also roughen the surface of each tooth being treated in order for the adhesive to work. 

The dentist will then take a mold of the tooth or teeth for the exact crafting of each veneer. The dentist will send the mold to a lab to create your veneers. The number of teeth that are getting veneers will be used to determine the cost of the procedure.

Step Three: Placement

When the veneers are ready, you will go back to the dentist’s office for placement of the veneers. The dentist will use a light-sensitive cement to attach the veneer to the tooth permanently. This cement hardens with exposure to a special ultraviolet light. The dentist then removes any excess cement, checks your bite, and examines if everything is in order.

Step Four: Aftercare

In general, there is actually no special care necessary for veneers, and you can proceed with your regular oral hygiene. However, it is a good idea to avoid food or beverages that cause staining. It is also a good idea to be gentle with your veneers and not pull on them or use your teeth as tools.

Teeth Veneers in Eugene, Oregon

Getting veneers is a multi-step process whose benefits are well worth it. You will feel more confident, and they will last for years as long as you maintain them with excellent oral hygiene. Talk to a dentist about whether porcelain veneers would be right for you.

Leading our dental team at 360 Dental is Dr. Ari Binder, whose experience and friendly demeanor ensure that you will get top-notch service in a comfortable environment. Call us now at (541) 689-1645 or schedule an appointment via our online form now. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful smile!