Placing dental veneers requires two appointments. During the first appointment your dentist will prepare your tooth or teeth. One to two weeks later, after the custom veneers have been fabricated and returned from the dental lab, your dentist will place the veneers. One or several teeth can be treated at the same time for dental veneers. Dental veneers can be fabricated from either composite resin or ceramic porcelain. Veneers are an indirect treatment which means they are fabricated outside of your mouth then placed inside. Dental veneer placement consists of three steps.
Your first appointment requires the preparation of your tooth or teeth. This involves trimming the tooth. About 1/50th of an inch of tooth enamel is shaved off the front of your tooth to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. In some cases more healthy tooth enamel may need to be sacrificed to place a thicker veneer. This may be the case when the veneers are being utilized to mask a severely discolored tooth.
An impression of the prepared tooth will be taken using “impression” putty. The patient bites into a tray filled with the thick putty-like material to capture the size and shape of the tooth or teeth. The impression along with the tooth shade required is sent to the dental lab where the veneers are fabricated.
Cementing the Veneer
Once the veneers have been fabricated and returned from the lab your dentist will evaluate the size, shape, fit, and color. If all is well, your teeth will be etched, a clear bonding agent will be applied, and the veneer/s will be permanently cemented into place.
About Your Reno Dentists
Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.