What Happens During the Veneers Process?

Grand Rapids Porcelain Veneers Dentist

What Happens During the Veneers Process?

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Porcelain Veneers Dentist Grand Rapids

Interested in repairing a chipped tooth? Ask our dentist if porcelain veneers are right for your smile. Veneers are wafer-thin slices of porcelain our dentist can bond to the fronts of your teeth that show when you smile and talk. Continue reading to learn what happens during the veneers process.

Schedule a Consultation With Us

If you have ever felt self-conscious about your smile, you owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist. Dr. Piotrowski will be able to evaluate your teeth, gums, jaws, and oral health history to determine what treatments are right for you.

Dental veneers are able to fix:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Chipped teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Irregularly-shaped teeth

The goal of the consultation is to find the best solution for your smile. Our dentist will be able to help you explore your options so you can get the smile you’ve always wanted. For example, our dentist may recommend veneers to restore a chipped front tooth. But he may recommend a dental crown if you have a fragile tooth.

Prep Teeth for Porcelain Veneers

Before our dentist can bond the veneers to your teeth, he’ll need to remove a thin layer of enamel. Otherwise, the porcelain veneers will make your front teeth look large and bulky.

During your first appointment, our dentist will remove enamel before taking impressions of your teeth. These dental impressions will then be sent to an off-site lab where your dental veneers will be made.

Bond the Veneers to Your Teeth

When you return for your second appointment, your veneers will be ready. First, our dentist will make sure that the porcelain veneers are the perfect color and fit. Don’t be alarmed if our dentist needs to make slight adjustments to your veneers. Slightly altering the color or fit will ensure that your new dental veneers look and feel natural. In fact, your porcelain veneers can last for years as long as you practice good oral hygiene.

Once our dentist is satisfied with how the veneers fit and look, he’ll prepare your teeth for the bonding process. The receiving teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched so they’ll create a strong bond with your teeth. Our dentist will then use a special type of cement to attach the veneers to the fronts of your teeth.

After removing any excess cement, our dentist will check your bite to make sure it’s in proper alignment. Once your smile has been checked, our dentist will be able to send you home with your new smile.

Care For Your Veneers

Veneers can last between 7 and 15 years as long as you maintain good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day to remove plaque. You’ll also want to avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels, and other things that can chip your veneers. During your next appointment with us, we’ll check the condition of your veneers and offer tips to help you maintain a healthy smile for life.

Have More Questions About the Veneers Process?

Dr. Adam Piotrowski and his team are dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile with veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. To request an appointment with our Grand Rapids veneers dentist, call Precision Family Dental at (616) 207-1280.

This blog post has been updated.