Preparing the Teeth for Porcelain Veneers
Dental flaws, like chips, discoloration, and gaps between the teeth, can make the smile look less than picture perfect, leaving many feeling insecure and self-conscious by their teeth. Drs. Carmen Every Degel and Clifford Degel understand the impact dental imperfections can have on self-esteem, which is why they are proud to offer porcelain veneers to mask dental flaws and transform the smile's appearance.
Generally, two appointments are required to complete porcelain veneer treatment, one to prepare the teeth and one to place the veneers. Let's take a closer look at what to expect when preparing the teeth for porcelain veneers at our Queens, NY practice.
Step 1: Enamel Removal
The first step in preparing the teeth for porcelain veneers is to remove a thin amount of enamel with a special buffing tool. The amount of enamel removed is very minimal, only about half a millimeter, but is necessary to allow room for the porcelain veneer to sit flush against the teeth and ensure a natural look and feel. Although removal of the enamel is a painless process, a local anesthetic may be given to ensure absolute comfort.
Step 2: Impressions Are Taken
Once the necessary amount of enamel is removed, impressions are taken of the teeth. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab where each veneer will be expertly crafted, a process that takes about two weeks.
Step 3: Temporary Veneers Are Placed
Because it will take a couple of weeks for the customized veneers to be completed, temporary veneers must be placed in the interim to protect the teeth. Although these veneers are temporary, it is important to properly care for them and the teeth while awaiting the placement of the finished veneers.
When wearing temporary veneers, it is important to keep in mind that these veneers will not be as durable as your custom-made veneers. This means you will need to practice special care while waiting for your finished veneers.
- Use light pressure and a soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing
- Do not eat hard foods as these may dislodge the temporary veneers
- Avoid dark foods like red wine, coffee, or berries as these may stain the temporary veneers
Step 4: Placing the Finished Veneers
Once the custom-made veneers are finished, a second appointment will be made to remove the temporary veneers and place the finished veneers. After the temporary veneers are removed, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned and a special solution is applied to the remaining enamel to make the surface of the teeth porous. This helps the dental cement to firmly bond to the teeth. Once the veneers are bonded to the teeth, they are polished to give them a beautiful luster.
Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?
If you're unhappy with the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers may be right for you. To learn more about porcelain veneers, or to discuss your other treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation today.