What to Expect During a Porcelain Veneers Procedure

What to Expect During a Porcelain Veneers Procedure


Porcelain veneers are an extremely popular dental procedure and for good reason. Dental veneers are a versatile treatment option for many people who experience aesthetic flaws that affect their teeth and smiles. The actual porcelain veneer is a thin shell made of dental ceramic. This shell fits over the front of the tooth, concealing the actual natural tooth from view. As such, the ceramic veneers look completely natural, as well as being free of any flaws.

Issues Porcelain Veneers Can Treat

Porcelain veneers can be installed by a cosmetic dentist to treat many different dental problems. Some of the most common are listed below.

  • Chipped teeth
  • Tooth asymmetry
  • Crowding teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Tooth stains and discoloration

The Process of Acquiring Veneers

Once you decide if veneers are for you, you will want to visit your dentist in Oakdale to have the procedure done. There are a few steps that will take place during the process, so it pays to be patient in the meantime.

Preparing a Tooth for Ceramic Veneers

While porcelain veneers are extremely thin, there is some preparation that takes place before they can be placed on the tooth. Your cosmetic dentist will first need to remove a small layer of enamel from the front of the tooth that is going to have the veneer. Less than a millimeter of enamel is removed; this is done in order to help the front of the tooth accommodate the veneer that will be later placed.

Taking Impressions of the Prepped Tooth

After your tooth has been properly prepped, your dentist in Oakdale will use x-rays, photos, and impressions that will be utilized when creating your final veneer. This allows the dental lab the ability to build a veneer that is perfect for you and your mouth, as it is fitted to the exact specifications of your own tooth.

Temporary Veneers Period

While you will not have access to your final ceramic veneers at this time, your cosmetic dentist will give you temporary veneers that you can wear in the meantime. This will not be like the final veneers as they will not be specially fabricated or fitted, but they will provide a barrier to avoid any harm to your teeth.

Placing the Final Veneer

After a week or so, you will revisit your dentist for the final placement of your permanent veneers. Your Oakdale cosmetic dentist will remove the temporary veneers and then polish your teeth. At this time, your dentist will ensure that the permanent veneers properly fit. If everything seems proper, they will then adhere the veneers into place.

Visit Al Berger, DDS for Permanent Porcelain Veneers

Al Berger, DDS is a professional dental office with experience placing veneers. If you are in Oakdale and considering this procedure, get in contact with us. You can call us at 631-589-2600 to make an appointment or fill out our online form.

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