The Veneer Procedure: Step-By Step

veneersampDo you know someone who has dental veneers? Do you wonder what they are and why and how they got them? Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment. They are minimally invasive, and depending on the veneer material you choose, some are completely non-invasive. Dental veneers are an easy way to improve your smile and when fabricated from porcelain can last up to 20 years. Veneers can be used for teeth that have become discolored, worn, chipped or broken, or are irregularly shaped, misaligned, or uneven. Read on to learn about the veneer procedure: step-by-step.

What is a Veneer?

  • The most common type of veneer is the porcelain veneer. It is a thin shell that is bonded to the front of your teeth. Porcelain is known for its esthetic qualities, durability, and strength.
  • Placing custom-fabricated porcelain veneers is a two-visit process. However, if prefabricated veneers are used it can be done in one visit.

Preparation

  • The first step is to prepare the teeth. To prepare the teeth, specific types of cuts are made on the facial surface (the front) of each tooth with special dental tools. The cuts are shallow and done to accommodate the thickness of the veneer and enhance bonding.
  • Impressions of the teeth are made using a polysiloxane or polyether impression material. The impressions are then sent to the dental lab for fabrication.
  • Teeth are cleaned with water and pumice to remove any remaining stains before shade selection and temporary veneers are placed.

Veneer Placement

  • The second visit consists of removing the temporary veneers and cleaning the teeth.
  • The fit and esthetics of the custom-created veneers are evaluated.
  • The veneers are permanently bonded to the teeth.

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) 800-4845.