Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as dental veneers, composite veneers or dental porcelain laminates. They are thin, tooth-colored layers of durable ceramic, custom crafted to cover the front surface of your teeth to improve their color, shape and appearance. With the aid of porcelain veneers, you can quickly achieve the appearance of perfect-looking teeth while forgoing repeated teeth-whitening sessions and in some cases braces.
Most commonly applied to improve teeth that are discolored, worn down, chipped, broken, crooked, irregularly shaped or gapped. Porcelain veneers are becoming an increasingly popular solution for those seeking to fix damaged teeth and cosmetically enhance their smiles. Celebrities such as Demi Moore, Tom Cruise and Jennifer Garner have all obtained porcelain veneers to achieve their flawless smiles.
What is the Procedure for Getting Porcelain Veneers
The procedure for getting dental veneers typically requires an initial consultation and three subsequent appointments to our offices in San Antonio, Texas – one to prepare your teeth for the veneers, another to bond the thin ceramic to your natural teeth, and a final follow-up visit to ensure you achieved your desired results.
First, call to set up an appointment to explain the specific results you hope to achieve and to determine whether porcelain veneers are the right option for you. During this visit, we will take X-rays of your mouth and make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
During your second appointment, we will trim roughly half a millimeter of enamel off the top of your teeth in order to make room for the porcelain veneers that will be bonded during your next visit. At this time, we will also make an impression of your teeth and send the casting to the dental laboratory that will construct your veneers. Texas Dental should receive your custom-made veneers from the laboratory within 1-2 weeks. Depending on the health of your natural teeth, you may choose to have temporary veneers installed while waiting for your permanent ones to be made.
Before cementing the porcelain veneers to your teeth, we may adjust the ceramic shells to ensure that they are the proper fit and color. This can be done by trimming the veneer and altering the shade of cement used to fasten the veneers to your natural teeth. Next, the teeth receiving treatment will be cleaned, polished and scraped – a process that helps ensure stronger bonding. We will then apply a special cement to the back of your veneers, position the veneers to the front of your teeth, and shine a light beam on your dental veneers, which helps to seal the veneers in place. Once properly fastened, we will remove any excess cement; floss and polish your teeth; evaluate your bite and make final adjustments.
We recommend that you schedule a follow-up appointment for 1-2 weeks after the placement of your veneers. At this time, we will will re-examine your veneers and evaluate how your gums are responding to the new porcelain additions.