Placing Porcelain Veneers
Treatment begins with a consultation with Dr. Shanahan or Dr. Tuinstra. During this discussion, he will review your oral health, evaluate your smile and bite patterns, and ask about your treatment goals. Based on this conversation, you and your doctor will develop the details of your treatment plan. In some cases, he suggest an alternative treatment that suits your goals more closely, such as dental crowns or teeth whitening.
If veneers appear to be an appropriate option, we can schedule your first appointment. Placing veneers typically takes two visits. During the first, the doctor removes a small portion of enamel from the surface of the tooth or teeth under treatment. He will take a conservative approach, removing only enough enamel to create sufficient space between the teeth for the veneers. He can then take impressions of the teeth and make a note of the shade of your surrounding teeth. This information is used by the ceramicist to custom-craft your veneers.
In most cases, the veneers are ready within about two weeks. At this time, we will reach out to you to schedule the second appointment to place the veneers. During this meeting, the doctor will first clean and buff your teeth to optimize the bonding process. Next, he will double-check the shape, shade, and fit of your veneer to ensure that it blends in seamlessly with your adjacent teeth. The veneers are then carefully placed over the tooth or teeth and secured with a specialized dental cement.