What exactly is involved in the procedure of having dental veneers fitted?
Here at Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic we offer E-max veneers, and you can find out more by visiting our main dental veneers page
1. As with any other cosmetic dental procedure, the first part involves a consultation and examination by your orthodontist or dentist so that they can get a better understanding for what you require and what the treatment options are. At Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic, we consider this to be the most important part of the whole process. It also allows your practitioner to discuss any concerns you might have. Your dentist or orthodontist should explain the treatment procedure to you and also give you an accurate guide as to the likely cost of your treatment.
2. Before your veneers are designed and manufactured, your dentist will need to reshape and prepare the front surfaces of your teeth so that they can accommodate the veneers. In order that you do not feel anything during the procedure you will have your teeth and gums numbed with a local anaesthetic.
3. Your dentist will then shave off a tiny part of the front surface of your teeth using a special tool called a burr (dental file or drill). The amount of the front surface of your teeth that is removed should be the same thickness as your veneers so that they will sit on the top of your teeth seamlessly.
4. Your dentist will then take an impression or mould (copy) of your teeth. This involves taking an imprint of your teeth similar to how you would leave footprints in sand. This is done by placing special dental putty into your mouth on a tray, and pushing it into your teeth.
5. This mould of your teeth, known as an “impression”, is then sent to a dental laboratory. This impression is used by dental technicians to cast an accurate model of your teeth which can be used as a guide to fabricate your new veneers. Normally this process takes between one and three weeks.
6. Your dentist may fit you with some temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth while you’re waiting for your actual veneers to be fabricated. Please note that not all dentists will offer temporary veneers.
7. At your second appointment your dentist will fit your new veneers to your teeth. Firstly, the dentist may just sit the veneers over your teeth to see how they look when you smile as they may need to be trimmed or adjusted.
8. This is followed by a thorough cleaning of your teeth and the front surfaces of them will be etched (roughened) with a special acid gel so that they provide a good surface for the dental cement to stick to.
9. Cement is then applied to the back of the veneers and they are cemented into place. Then a special curing light is used to activate the dental cement so that it bonds the veneer permanently to the front surface of your prepared tooth. Any excess cement is usually trimmed away and polished to leave a beautiful and natural looking restoration.