What is the Process of Applying a Porcelain Veneer?
Your dentist will start by removing a very thin layer of the tooth’s enamel where the veneer will be placed. Depending on the shape and size of your natural tooth, your dentist may need to do some reshaping so the veneer will fit more easily and effectively. An imprint and measurements are then taken to ensure the porcelain veneer is custom-fitted to adhere perfectly to that tooth.
Because the permanent veneer will not be ready immediately, a temporary veneer is fitted over the tooth until the permanent one can be placed. Newer technologies and advancements in bonding materials allow veneers to be applied directly to the surface of the tooth.
The time it takes to complete the procedure really depends on several factors, including how many porcelain veneers are being placed and how long it takes to finalize the permanent veneer. Typically the process is completed in two visits to your Reno dentist – one to take a mold of the tooth and place the temporary veneer, and another to place the permanent veneer.
When are Porcelain Veneers Needed?
Veneers provide solutions for patients with several different dental issues. You may want to consider porcelain veneers as an option if you:
- Have discoloration on the surface of your teeth and traditional whitening treatments have not been successful.
- Have fractured or chipped teeth.
- Have obvious gaps between teeth.
- Are unhappy with the shape or size of natural teeth.
- Need an alternative fix to misaligned teeth.