DENTAL PRACTICE in Clifton, Union & Bridgewater

Veneer Preparation Process

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They are used to enhance the aesthetics of teeth that are discolored, misaligned, or chipped. However, before veneers can be applied, the teeth must be prepared to receive them. In this blog post, we will discuss the steps involved in the veneer preparation process.

Step 1: Consultation and Examination

The first step in the veneer preparation process is to schedule a consultation with a dentist. During this appointment, the dentist will examine the teeth to determine if veneers are a suitable treatment option. They will also take X-rays and impressions of the teeth to create a model of the mouth.

Step 2: Treatment Planning

Once the examination is complete, the dentist will work with the patient to develop a treatment plan. This involves selecting the appropriate material for the veneers and deciding on the desired shade and shape of the teeth. The dentist will also discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure and answer any questions the patient may have.

Step 3: Tooth Preparation

To prepare the teeth for veneers, the dentist will most likely remove a small amount of enamel from the front surface of the teeth. However, depending on the material of the veneers used, this step may not be necessary. With most materials, this step is necessary to ensure that the veneers will fit properly and look natural. The amount of enamel that needs to be removed is typically less than a millimeter. This process is also entirely painless.

Step 4: Impression

Once the teeth are prepared, the dentist will take an impression of the teeth. This involves placing a putty-like material in the mouth and having the patient bite down. The impression is then used to create a model of the mouth, which is sent to a dental laboratory to create the custom veneers.

Step 5: Temporary Veneers

While the permanent veneers are being made, the patient will wear temporary veneers. These are made from an acrylic material and are designed to protect the teeth and improve their appearance until the permanent veneers are ready.
Temporary veneers are not as strong or durable as permanent veneers, but they serve an important purpose in the veneer preparation process. They provide protection for the prepared teeth, prevent sensitivity, and allow the patient to get used to the look and feel of the veneers before the permanent ones are placed.
Temporary veneers are typically applied during the same visit when the teeth are prepared for the permanent veneers. The dentist will take an impression of the teeth and use it to create the temporary veneers, which are then placed on the teeth with a temporary adhesive. Once the permanent veneers are ready, the temporary veneers are removed and replaced with the permanent ones.

Step 6: Bonding

When the permanent veneers are ready, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and clean the teeth. The veneers will then be placed on the teeth and adjusted as needed to ensure a perfect fit. Once the veneers are in the correct position, they will be bonded to the teeth using a special adhesive.
The veneer preparation process is a multi-step process that involves consultation, treatment planning, tooth preparation, impression, temporary veneers, and bonding. It is important to choose an experienced and skilled dentist to ensure that the veneers are applied correctly and look natural. With proper care, veneers can last for many years and provide a beautiful, natural-looking smile.