Porcelain veneers can help patients close gaps and reshape teeth to create a lovely, natural looking row of pearly whites. This process is rather simple, but it is something that the patient should be completely certain they are ready to have done to their teeth. In most cases, the dentist will have to reduce the size of natural teeth by a minimal amount. That means the procedure is not reversible if the patient changes their mind for any reason later. Of course most patients find that once the porcelain veneers have been put in place, they have no reason to want to go back. This cosmetic procedure has helped many patients feel confident in their smiles.
How are Veneers Made?
Construction of a porcelain veneer is done by the collaboration of a trained cosmetic dentist and a skilled laboratory technician. This is done using dental porcelain which has a very similar appearance to a natural tooth when the process is complete. Along with porcelain veneers, some dentists recommend other variations. There are composite veneers that are constructed using different materials that offer the same, natural finished appearance. Composite veneers may be constructed separately in a dental laboratory by a trained technician or they may be built up around the existing tooth in the patient’s mouth.
What to Expect During and After the Procedure
Porcelain veneer installation is a common procedure that should go smoothly, provided your dentist’s guidelines are followed. The patient will have to make two trips to complete the process. The first trip involves preparing the teeth for the veneers. The patient should be aware that after going home from the first visit, they may notice increased sensitivity in the teeth being worked on. That is because the preparation procedure usually involves the removal of a portion of the tooth’s enamel. After resizing teeth to accept porcelain veneers, it is only natural that the newly exposed area might be unusually sensitive.
When the patient arrives for their second appointment, they will actually begin the insertion of the porcelain veneers. The dentist may recommend a local anesthetic or you may be able to complete the procedure with no anesthesia. A lot depends on the patient’s sensitivity and the positioning of the veneers. A nervous patient might be better off accepting anesthesia as a precaution to help them relax. The veneer is applied using a resin which is sensitive to light. The dentist will apply a light to the resin to harden it. Once this is complete, your porcelain veneers should be secure and you should notice the sensitivity from your first visit have vanished or diminished significantly.