Placing Porcelain Veneers
Dr. Tuinstra or Dr. Shanahan will meet with you first. During this session, they will evaluate your treatment goals, overall oral health, your smile, and your bite patterns. Based on the results of the evaluation and discussion concerning your treatment goals, the doctor will develop a treatment plan that helps you get from where you are not to where you want to be. In some cases, dental crowns or teeth whitening may be preferable to porcelain veneers. The doctor will go over all your options with you and ensure you understand the pros and cons of each. If the doctor determines that veneers are an appropriate option, then we can schedule your first appointment.
Installing porcelain veneers is done over the course of two visits. The doctor will remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth that will be treated. The doctor will remove as little enamel as possible, however, if there are stains on your teeth that you can’t get rid of, chances are, you’ve already lost at least some of the enamel from your teeth. The doctor will take an impression of your teeth and send this impression off to a ceramicist to craft your custom veneers.
Generally speaking, your veneers will be ready in about two weeks. We will then schedule your second appointment during which we will place the veneers on your teeth. Before the veneers are installed, however, the doctor will clean and buff your teeth which increases the quality of the bonding process. He will ensure that your veneers interact seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. The last part of the process involves the doctor physically installing the veneers using dental cement.