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THE VENEERS PROCEDURE: FROM PREPARATION TO PLACEMENT

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The veneers procedure: From preparation to placement

Dr. Hosseini

Are you thinking of dental veneers as an option to achieve a bright and perfectly natural smile? Dental veneers have become popular and embraced by famous icons and everyday ordinary people. Veneer offers us a transformative approach to enhance the exterior of our teeth, as it addresses apprehension ranging from discoloration to irregularities in shape and size. Understanding the preparation process is vital to ensure you get the best results from this popular surface dental procedure. Let us explore what veneer preparation involves and what we can expect. 

Dental Veneers: 

Dental veneers are wafer lean shells custom-made from long-lasting equipment like porcelain or composite resin. They are designed to cover up the front surface of teeth to perk up their manifestation. Veneers can mask imperfections like permanent stains that don't respond well to whitening treatments and damaged, cracked, and gaps between teeth. They are carefully made to blend flawlessly with our regular teeth, offering a natural and aesthetically pleasant outcome. While veneers can significantly improve our smile, they may only be appropriate for some. It is important to maintain realistic expectations and clearly understand the situation, for this dentist will evaluate our oral health and discuss alternative options if necessary.  

Veneer preparation

Getting a dental veneer usually involves three visits to the dentist: one for a consultation and two to make and put on the veneers. This procedure can take place on one tooth or many teeth at the same time. 

Veneer preparation involves expertise and skill. The expedition to obtaining veneers starts with a consultation with our dentist. During this appointment, one has to discuss his objectives and prospects. The dentist will examine our teeth and gums to determine if veneers go well with us. Also, one of the first decisions we make together is to choose the shade of veneer; dentists must consider the natural shade of teeth, so the treatment looks flawless and blends with the regular teeth.  

Veneer preparation significance

There are many reasons why Veneer preparation is essential for success with the treatment. 

  • Preparation and planning beforehand helps to enhance the aesthetic beauty of teeth. 
  • Proper preparation guarantees that only a nominal amount of tooth structure is removed, preserving as much natural tooth as possible. 
  • Well-prepared veneers add to permanence by ensuring a solid bond between the veneer and the tooth surface.  
  • The veneer fitting technique ensures that the materials are well-matched with oral tissues, minimizing the danger of adverse reactions. Proper preparation enables the veneers to fit snugly against the teeth, providing a natural look and feel. 
  • Effective veneer preparation results in improved patient satisfaction, as expectations for aesthetic improvement are met or exceeded.  

These points underscore the importance of meticulous veneer preparation in achieving successful cosmetic and functional outcomes in dental treatments. 

Preparation by type 

  • Composite resin consists of a methacrylate resin; resin veneers, like glass, are the most affordable option. 
  • Porcelain veneers mainly comprise glass but do not have a clearly defined crystal structure. They are well-built and more long-lasting than composite resin.   
  • Lithium disilicate veneers are ceramics that combine the metal lithium with silicon, giving them a clarity that matches the surrounding dentition. 
  • Zirconia is a ceramic material; zircon (zirconia oxide) is denser than lithium disilicate and is stronger, stain resistant, and biocompatible. 

Veneer procedure step by step

The journey of obtaining veneers begins with an initial consultation with our dentist. 

  • Consultation & Examination: This examination is critical as it allows our dentist to assess our oral health and discuss goals for improving our smile. During this consultation, we can interrogate the veneer process and convey any concerns; the dentist can gather information and establish the desired result for the patient's veneer case. The dentist will thoroughly examine our teeth and gums before the veneer procedure. This examination helps ensure that our oral health is in good condition and that the veneer is suitable for us. X-rays or digital imaging may be taken to aid in treatment planning. 
  • Personalization: Once our dentist decides that veneers are the right choice for us, the next step is treatment planning. The dentist will carefully take impressions of our teeth or use digital scans to create personalized veneers tailored to fit our teeth' unique shape, structure and aesthetic preferences. We'll discuss the shade of veneers that best matches our natural teeth or achieves our desired level of whiteness. 
  • Anesthesia: In most cases, local anesthesia is used to numb the area during enamel removal, ensuring the patient remains relaxed throughout the preparation. 
  • Preparation of Existing Teeth: Before veneer placement, a small quantity of enamel is usually removed from the front teeth upon receipt. This step is crucial as it generates space for the veneers to fit naturally over our teeth and ensures a strong bond.  
  • Temporary Veneers: While custom Veneers are being crafted in the dental laboratory, temporary veneers will be promptly placed on our prepared teeth. It is important to choose the appropriate size and shape and affix it with temporary cement. These temporaries protect your teeth and maintain your smile's appearance until your permanent veneers are ready.  
  • Preparation in the Labs: The dentist will collaborate closely with a dental laboratory to create our custom veneers, ensuring the perfect fit and personalized results for each patient. This process takes time, during which our veneers are meticulously crafted to match the form, volume, and shade discussed during our initial consultation. 
  • Final Appointment - Fixing the Customized Veneers: Once custom veneers are ready, the patient will return to the dentist for the final fitting and bonding appointment. The dentist will place each veneer on our teeth to ensure proper fit and alignment with your smile. Adjustments may be made as needed to achieve the ideal shape and appearance. The dentist will expertly bond each veneer to the corresponding tooth using a specialized adhesive, guaranteeing a secure and long-lasting fit. A curing light may activate the adhesive and ensure a secure bond. After bonding the veneers, the dentist will polish and trim them to a natural shine and assess the bite to provide comfort and functionality.  

Advantages of Veneer Placement 

  • Veneers can enhance the appearance of our smile by covering stains, discoloration, chips, or gaps in our teeth. 
  • Modern veneers are designed to mimic tooth enamel's natural translucency and texture, providing a natural-looking smile. 
  • With proper care, veneers can last many years, providing a durable solution for enhancing our smile. 
  • Veneers are resistant to stains from food and drinks, helping to maintain a bright smile over time. 

Post-Placement Care 

After getting veneers, it's essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. To protect our veneers from damage, we must also avoid biting on hard objects like apples and nuts or habits like nail-biting. 

Final Thoughts 

In conclusion, veneer placement offers a transformative result for attaining a lovely smile. We must understand the steps involved and the benefits of veneers to confidently make the best decision to enhance our smile and boost our confidence. Don't miss out! Schedule a consultation with your dentist today to discuss if getting veneers is the right choice. 

 Contact your Pinole dentist, Dr. Azadeh Hosseini, DDS, or Ghazal Hosseini, DDS, at Top Pinole Dental to learn more about The veneers procedure: From preparation to placement.

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