Dental veneers are thin, wafer-like shells designed to cover the fronts of your visible teeth. Veneers can be used to correct a variety of cosmetic issues, including cracks, chips, and discoloration. The dental veneer procedure is typically completed over the course of just two dental visits, allowing you to achieve a brighter, more appealing smile quickly and easily.
The first step in the dental veneer procedure is planning your treatment with your dentist. Your dentist will confirm via X-rays and a visual examination whether veneers are right for you . You will also discuss your desires and goals for the treatment; you may also choose the final shade of white you’d like for your veneers during this step.
During the preparation phase, your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. You will receive a local anesthetic to ensure this procedure is comfortable. Once your teeth have been prepared, your dentist will take images and impressions of your teeth. This information is used to prepare your veneers. Porcelain veneers typically take one to two weeks to fabricate. They are made in a separate dental lab, then shipped to your dentist for placement. You will be given temporary veneers to wear until your permanent veneers are ready.
Once your permanent veneers are ready, you will return to the dentist’s office. The temporary veneers are removed and the final veneers checked for fit. Your dentist will make small adjustments if necessary. Finally, your teeth are cleaned and the veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth. Your dentist may use a special light to cure the cement, which holds the veneer securely in place.
Are you interested in finding out more about dental veneers, dental implants, or dental crowns in Lexington? Call Dr. John R. Pallotta, DMD to schedule your initial consultation and get started on the road to the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. We also offer general dentistry services including checkups, teeth cleaning, and dental fillings—check out our website for details!