Cosmetic Porcelain Veneer Procedure & Process
Typically, all the following steps can be completed within 2 -3 visits!
Step One – Consultation & Impressions
Scheduling a consultation with us is the first step towards dental veneers and a fabulous new smile! During this consultation, Dr. Marsh will learn more about you and discuss your smile and goals. After this process, the doctor and an assistant/team member will examine your teeth to ensure that you are a candidate for veneers. We will discuss expectations, qualifications, and the various options available.
Before you leave the office, we may also take X-rays and digital impressions of your teeth that will be sent to a dental lab. With Dr. Marsh’s input, based on the consultation conversation, the lab will create a wax prototype that can be used to achieve a predictable result.
At our Cleveland dental practice, we use the Trios digital imaging system to take multiple impressions without invasive or uncomfortable trays or materials. This is in addition to the Itero digital system we’ve been using for the past seven years. These systems improve the accuracy and comfort of the entire process.
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Step Two – Tooth Preparation & Temporary Veneers
Dr. Marsh prepares the teeth for the veneers by contouring a minimal amount of the outer enamel, maintaining the majority of the tooth and surface. Typically, the amount of enamel removed is equal to the thickness of the veneers that are placed. Our primary material for veneers is called e.max, which is 3 to 4 times stronger than previously used materials. This allows the veneer to be of minimal thickness, .3 to .55 millimeters – the thickness of a contact lens!
After the teeth are prepared, Dr. Marsh places provisional/temporary veneers on the teeth which protects the teeth and allows the patient to do a “dry run;” this enables the patient and the dental team to review the color and shape choices and fit.
Step Three – Polishing, Etching & Bonding
The veneer coloring and shape can be evaluated and adjusted during the bonding process. After the temporaries are removed and before the veneer is bonded, Dr. Marsh will clean, polish and etch the teeth to ensure a strong bond. The bonding procedure uses tooth-colored resin material that is activated by a special light placed over the teeth to adhere the veneers to the teeth. Final adjustments are made, and a soft guard may be fabricated to cushion the teeth during sleep or work-outs.
Step Four – Follow Up
After the veneers are placed and bonded, Dr. Marsh and his team invite the patients back in a week or so to do any necessary fine-tuning and to address any concerns. With that, the steps are completed and you now have a new smile that you can be very proud of. With proper maintenance, your veneers will look beautiful and last a long time!