Applying porcelain veneers onto teeth is a two-session procedure. During the first appointment, the dentist takes impressions of the targeted teeth as well as on the neighboring teeth to create an accurate reproduction of your teeth. X-rays may be taken to evaluate the teeth’s overall health. The impressions, alongside the color and shape preferences, are then sent to a dental lab which produces the veneers. It usually takes between 1 to 2 weeks for the veneers to arrive at the dental office, but you will be contacted by the dentist for confirmation.
The second appointment debuts with a tooth preparation for veneers. To securely attach the veneer to the tooth, the dentist needs to make room for it. A thin layer of enamel is removed from the tooth’s surface. Modern veneers require a minimum of 3% tooth’s surface to be removed, but depending on tooth’s condition (crooked, cracked, etc.) the dentist may remove up to 30% of the tooth’s surface. Once the teeth are perfectly trimmed, the veneers are applied using the bonding cement so that you can provide feedback on the fit. Adjustments are made and when you feel comfortable with the way they feel on your teeth, the veneers are put in place. Special cement activated by a light beam is used for bonding.
In the end, the dentist makes final adjustments, removes additional cement and provides you information on post-procedure care and veneer maintenance. Future visits may be required to monitor the teeth and the veneers.
Porcelain veneers solve a vast range of cosmetic dental problems. Contact our office today to learn more about porcelain veneers in Libertyville!