How Your Teeth Are Prepared for Veneers

Once you and your dentist have decided on the type and number of veneers you need, your teeth need to be prepared to receive the bright new smile Future of Dental Careyou will be sporting.

“The surface of the tooth is reduced by the same amount as the thickness of the veneer, so the final fit will feel natural,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix Cosmetic Dentistry office. “Usually that is less than half a millimeter,” she adds.

According to the Website Know Your Teeth, the Website for the Academy of General Dentistry, the impressions are made for porcelain veneers and “are sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This may take several days.” In some cases, you will need temporary veneers while the permanent ones are being designed and created. Your dentist will let you know how long it will be before the veneers are ready.

When the veneers are ready, you will return to the dentist’s office for placement of each veneer. “This is the time for you to see the veneer on your tooth before we place it,” says Dr. Ford. “Some adjustment of color is possible because the color of the cement can be adjusted and the tooth is translucent. A bright, but natural look is best,” advises Dr. Ford.

The cement holds the veneer to your teeth, and is hardened using a special ultraviolet light beam. Once the veneers are in place, the color can’t be changed, so the final decision is important. Once the veneers are in place, you are ready to show off your smile with a new, healthy sparkle.

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