Dental veneers are a very popular restoration option for patients with discolored, crooked, or chipped teeth. The end result is a transformed smile that you can be proud of. If you are interested in treatment with dental veneers, you are probably wondering what exactly happens during the actual veneer application process.
The first step in placing a veneer is to trim off some of the enamel on the front side of the tooth. Our Los Angeles dental veneer expert will only trim away the amount of enamel that is necessary to fit the veneer. Dental veneers are extremely thin, so that amount usually equates to a little more than a half-millimeter. Next, the dentist will match the shade of the veneer to the shade of your natural tooth.
Once the shade of color has been chosen, an impression of your mouth will be taken by the dentist. That impression is then sent off to a dental laboratory, where your veneer will be designed. It usually takes a few weeks for the veneer to be designed, so you will be given a temporary veneer until your next visit.
Your temporary veneer will then be removed on your next visit, and your dentist will check the fit, shape, and color of your permanent veneer before placing it. Afterwards, your tooth will be cleaned and then administered an etching gel. The etching gel makes the surface of the tooth rough, so the cement bonding agent will hold to your tooth properly. Once the cement is placed onto the veneer, then it will be placed onto your tooth. It will then be secured into place using a special UV blue light that will quickly harden the cement.
For more information on the placement of dental veneers, contact our team to set up a consultation with our expert.