If a chipped tooth or extensive staining is holding back your smile, then having your teeth prepped for veneers may be the right solution for you. Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are placed over your existing teeth to effectively mask imperfections like chips, gaps, staining, and irregularly shaped teeth. While this treatment can drastically improve your smile’s appearance, the process does involve multiple appointments, as your teeth will need to be prepared beforehand to ensure that the veneers properly fit and look natural. With this said, here is what to expect during the initial appointments.
The Consultation & Initial ExamThe first step involved in prepping teeth for veneers is a consultation appointment with an oral exam. During this initial appointment, one of our specialists here at Spring Haven Dental will take a closer look at your smile, and examine the overall health of your teeth and gums to assess their condition. If necessary, diagnostic tests such as x-rays may be performed to evaluate your teeth in more detail, to help us get a better understanding of what is causing your smile to look less than perfect. From here, we’ll answer any questions that you have about dental veneers, and discuss the different treatment options that are available to you based on whether you’re a good candidate. If we think veneers are a good fit for you, we’ll ask about your smile goals, and discuss what you hope to achieve with them. This will help us determine the right size, shape, and shade of your veneers.
Preparing Your Smile for Veneers – Dental Work & CleaningsBefore moving forward with dental veneer impressions, enamel trimming, and surface reshaping, you may need some dental work done first. If you have any underlying oral health issues like gum disease, or tooth decay, then these issues will be treated first before moving onto the veneers. If your smile is free from any issues and your oral health is great, then a simple cleaning may be all that’s needed before your teeth can be prepped for veneers.
The Teeth Prep Process – Reshaping, Enamel Trimming, & ImpressionsOnce the initial exam, consultation, and any immediate dental work that’s needed is complete, the teeth prepping work for veneers can begin. This process involves the following steps:
- You may be given a small amount of local anesthetic to numb the area around the teeth being prepped.
- A small amount of enamel is removed from your teeth, as this is necessary to make room for the veneer. This is most commonly done by reshaping the surface of your teeth. The enamel amount removed will be equal to the thickness of the dental veneer that is being added to the tooth’s surface.
- An impression is taken of your teeth. This is done by using dental putty (a thick paste), placing it into a molding tray, and then inserting the tray into your mouth. You will need to hold the tray in place for a few minutes until the paste hardens and sets. This is done to ensure a customized veneer that will precisely fit your smile and give you a natural-looking result.
- You will be given temporary coverings that simulate the veneers you will receive when you come back for your final appointment.