Veneer Placement: The Birth of a Beautiful Smile
Cosmetic dentistry is transforming lives through complete smile makeovers. Porcelain veneers lead the list of aesthetic treatments as a wildly popular procedure. If you’re considering porcelain veneers for a new smile, here is what you can expect for your treatment.
The First Appointment
You will need to schedule an hour or two for your initial appointment, and you may want to bring photos or magazine clippings to show Dr. Windle the kind of smile you prefer. After a thorough examination to assess your oral health and existing dentition, Dr. Windle will discuss with you the kind of smile you envision. Be prepared to discuss the color and shape of your ideal smile at this appointment.
Dr. Windle will take notes on the shade of your teeth, your facial features, and measurements of your face. He will consider your skin tone and facial symmetry when designing your veneers. If you have questions about your veneers or the procedure, Dr. Windle will be happy to give comprehensive answers. You may want to ask to see his portfolio or inquire about wax-ups, which are models that show you what your smile will look like after your makeover.
Often this appointment, Dr. Windle will gently buff your teeth to remove 1 to 2 mm of enamel in preparation for your new veneers. Tooth reduction will allow the veneers to lie flat, in line with surrounding teeth. Reshaping of teeth may also be required to create the look you want.
Dr. Windle will take an impression of your mouth to send to the lab. Before you leave the dental chair, temporary veneers will be placed. Your teeth may feel sensitive until the permanent veneers are placed.
Behind the Scenes
After your first appointment, Dr. Windle will order your veneers from a dental lab. A talented ceramist will handcraft the porcelain veneers from durable materials that look and function like natural dentition. The information Dr. Windle provides the lab will ensure that you receive veneers that will create a smile to complement your appearance. The lab will ship your veneers to our office.
Local anesthetic may be administered to ensure your complete comfort during veneer placement. Dr. Windle will remove the temporary veneers and check the fit of your permanent veneers. You can look at the shape, color, and fit before they are attached. If adjustments need to be made, you should tell him at this time. Veneers cannot be altered once in place.
If all is well, Dr. Windle will permanently bond the new veneers to the front surface of your teeth. First, he will apply a mild acidic solution to clean the surface of your teeth, then he will bond the veneers in place. A small light will cure the bonding material. He will make sure that the veneers allow adequate flossing space.
Your New Smile
In as few as two dental visits, you can enjoy a completely new smile! If you are considering a smile makeover, call us for a complementary consultation. A few veneers may change your life.