Installing Porcelain Veneers
At Peak Family Dental, Drs. Tuinstra and Shanahan will meet with you first. They will evaluate your treatment goals and your overall oral health. They will also evaluate your smile and bite patterns. During this evaluation, they will make a determination as to the best course of action. If your treatment goals and overall dental health are in line with porcelain veneers, we will further discuss the process of installing them with you and develop a treatment plan. In some cases, dental crowns, teeth whitening, or dental implants will be the preferred course of treatment. We will discuss the pros and cons of each with you and help you make an informed decision. If porcelain veneers are right for you, we will schedule your first of two appointments.
The installation of porcelain veneers is accomplished over the course of two visits. During the first visit, the doctor will remove a tiny amount of enamel from each of the teeth that will be fitted with a veneer. The doctor will remove no more enamel than is absolutely necessary to make the veneers look natural. Chances are, if you have chips or staining that can’t be fixed with teeth whitening, the amount of enamel on your tooth or teeth will not be a major concern. The doctor will then take an impression of your teeth and send the impression to a dental ceramicist who will create your custom veneers.
In two weeks time, your veneers will be ready. The veneers will be sent to our office and we will schedule a follow-up appointment during which we install them. Your doctor will check to ensure that the veneers will interact seamlessly with your other teeth. Before installing the veneers, we will clean and buff your teeth to improve the quality of the bonding. Lastly, the doctor will install the veneers using dental cement. Then, you’re done!