It’s now time for you to venture into the third part of this complete guide on veneers. You’re now aware of most of the details about veneers and the types of veneers it’s time to talk about the veneers procedure.
The veneers procedure is very easy and requires only one to two appointments, depending on the type of veneers you’re getting. The dentist will need to prepare your teeth, file the enamel, and get a mould of your teeth. This mould is used by the dental lab to create custom-made veneers. The veneers are ready in one to two weeks, requiring just an additional appointment for fitting and installation.
If you want to know everything about how are veneers put on, keep reading this step-by-step guide.
How are veneers put on?
People interested in a smile makeover and veneers often wonder how veneers are put on teeth. The process of installation is easy and only requires one to two doctor appointments. In the first one, the dentist prepares the teeth and creates the mold for the lab. The mold will allow custom-made perfectly matching dental veneers. During the second appointment, there will be a fitting and installing of the newly created dental facets. You will get temporary veneers between the two appointments. If you’re opting for one-day veneers, you will only need one appointment.
Classic Veneers Procedure
Let’s talk process. The veneers process is pretty easy. Only two appointments are necessary to put your veneers on. One will mostly be preparation and creating a mold of your teeth. During the second the patients will finally have the veneers they always wanted. This whole process is painless and, if you fear tooth sensitivity, you can ask your dentist for a numbing injection. The preparation process for veneers is not painful but can create some tooth sensitivity and discomfort in the days or weeks following the appointments. This will go away by itself, and you will be able to enjoy your pain-free dental facets.
The First Appointment
The first appointment is where most of the preparation happens and there’s a visit to asset the patient’s needs and situation. So, let’s dive into the veneers process during the first appointment.
- The talk: The dentist and the patient have to talk about the patient’s habits, medical history, wishes for the final results, and dental issues. The doctor needs to have complete knowledge of the patient’s medical, dental, and life history. This is the time to disclose diseases, allergies, habits (smoke, chewing hard objects), and if you have bruxism (teeth grinding). You should also be honest about your individual requirements about the results and the veneers.
- The visit: The dentist will take a look at the patient’s mouth, teeth, gums, and overall dental health. There shouldn’t be decay, cavities, or other problems before getting veneers. If there are no issues, the dentist will start with the preparation of the teeth that will get the veneers. A teeth whitening could be necessary if the patient wants a brighter smile and whiter veneers.
- The grinding: The dentist will start grinding the tooth surface. The enamel layer removed is just 0,5mm to 0,7mm from the front and the sides of the teeth. This process helps create a rough negative space so the veneer can attach to the teeth easily in a dedicated space. This process should not be painful but, if necessary and if the patient desires it, there could be numbing before this part.
- The mold: After the removal of the outer layer, the doctor will create a mold of the teeth structure. This mold creates perfect matching customized and tailor-made facets for the patient. The mold then goes to the laboratory immediately to start the creation process. The patient and the dentist will discuss the color of the veneer. The choice should be of the patient’s liking but also match the surrounding teeth. There shouldn’t be any mismatch but also you may want a lighter color.
- The temporary veneers: The dentist will then create acrylic temporary veneers for the patient and apply them. The permanent veneers will be ready in 4-7 days. Therefore, the application of the temporary facets will help the patient protect the teeth and to maintain an aesthetic smile.
- Done!: After the application of dental facets, the appointment is over, and the dentist will give advice and suggestions for the patient so he can take care to his teeth and temporary veneers in the time between the first and second appointment.
After your first appointment, you’re one step closer to a different appearance of teeth and a beautiful smile. There may be some side effects, so avoid hard food, cold food, hot food, don’t chew hard objects and follow the Dr’s advice.
The Second Appointment
The moment the veneers are ready, the patient goes back to the dentist’s office. So, what’s the installation part of the veneers process? Let’s find out together the second part of the veneer procedure:
- The fit: Firstly, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and fit the permanent ones. If the fit is perfect, and the veneer shade matches your actual teeth. especially the neighboring teeth, the process will start.
- The disinfection: There will be a thorough disinfection of the area to avoid any bacteria stuck under the veneer causing rotting teeth, cavities, or decay. This should be a very important step and the dentist will use a deeply disinfectant solution specially made for the natural tooth and gum.
- The installation: The dentist will apply dental cement using it as a bonding agent on the area with the removed tooth enamel as a bonding material. The dentist attaches the veneers to the teeth. A special light beam, an ultraviolet light, dries the cement extremely quickly. This way the veneers will stay glued tightly attached to the teeth.
- Smile transformation: The dentist rinses and cleans the area and the mouth. The dental restoration is over. The process is over! You can finally enjoy your veneers and your confident smile!
Now it’s time to take care of your veneers, keep good oral hygiene, have regular follow-up visits during the year with your dentist.
If you had your veneers in Turkey, it’s now time to go home and enjoy your veneers.
We hope this helps when wondering about the veneers process. But let’s make some other things clear in the following paragraphs.
Same-Day Veneers Procedure
In the Same-Day Veneers procedure, the preparation is the same as the classic veneers. The Doctor will check your situation, color match the veneers to your smile, and ask you about what you would like to obtain. Then he will slightly grind the surface to remove a part of tooth enamel.
Same-Day veneers are possible thanks to CAD/CAM technologies (CAD: Computer-Aided Design, CAM: Computer-Aided Manufacturing). Thanks to them it’s possible to obtain a 3-D image of your teeth – the one needing veneers and the surrounding ones. The 3-D image is the substitute for the mold of your teeth. Once the Doctor has obtained the 3-D Image, they will upload the image to the computer. Thanks to special software the Doctor will be able to design the veneers one by one, perfectly and carefully custom-made for you. The milling machine will create the veneers from a solid block of dental-grade porcelain. During the creation of the veneers, the doctor prepares the area for the installation. There will be the disinfection of the area and the gluing of the porcelain veneers.
Same-Day veneers are always porcelain veneers as this technology is only available with porcelain veneers and not any other type of veneer. When it comes to veneers prices, this is the most expensive procedure.
Clip-On Veneers Procedure
Clip-On Veneers follow the same procedure as the classic veneers and need two appointments too. During the first appointment, the doctor will assess the situation, talk to you about your needs and wishes, check the color of your teeth, take a mold and send it to the lab. There won’t be any need to shave the enamel as clip-on veneers are only temporary and reversible.
The mold is ready and shipped to the laboratory. The creation of the clip-on veneers starts in the laboratory. These can be put on and off whenever you want and are not permanent. When the clip-on veneers are ready you will go to the dentist’s office and get your veneers. There won’t be an installation and placement of veneers process. They just go on and off like a nightguard. The dentist will only show you how to use them and give you some advice for the future.
Replacing Veneers Procedure
Veneers are strong and long-lasting but, sometimes, they can break and fall off. Usually, they fall off after 10-15 years or because you’re not taking care of them correctly.
If your veneer falls off, call immediately the Dentist. He will let you come to the office fastly. They will create a new mold of the tooth where the veneer fell off and create a new one from you, following the same procedure of the first time you got veneers. Once again, you will have temporary veneers between the two appointments.
Frequently Asked Questions on Veneers Procedure
Here is a list of the most asked questions our readers and patients ask us to better understand the veneers procedure. We believe knowing everything about the veneers procedure makes the decision process easier and anxiety-free.
If you have more questions, please get in contact with us and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.
Do they shave your teeth down for veneers?
Yes, they do. But sometimes people think there will be a reshaping of the teeth, a tooth reduction, leaving just a small part of it. That is not true. The entire tooth is not ruined. Just the smaller top layer of your teeth is shaved and buffed. Just 0,5mm – half a millimetre – of the enamel will be shaved off. It is so small; you won’t even be able to tell. This creates space for the dental facet. There won’t be any major tooth reduction.
In conclusion, there’s no need to worry, your teeth will be just lightly shaved off but won’t change the shape.
Temporary veneers: what are they?
The moment your enamel is removed, you will always need to cover your teeth to be able to have your teeth uncovered. This is why between the first and the second appointment you’ll use temporary veneers. The dentist will create temporary dental facets quickly in the dentist’s office during the first visit. They’re acrylic and match your tooth shape. They are more inaccurate and of lower quality material. This is because the patient will use them just for a few days between the two appointments. This is why the dentist will make them, not the dedicated lab.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
When wondering how are veneers put on you should know there’s not much preparation before the veneers. The dentist will go through all the necessary steps with you during the first appointment.
Before the appointment, you may need to get teeth cleaning process and to make sure there’s no cavities, tooth decay, or any other problem and you have healthy teeth. In case of some of these problems, you may want to take care of them before getting veneers, so you won’t have problems in the future or – worse – under the veneer. If you want whiter teeth and extra white veneers, teeth whitening may be necessary to not have any mismatch between your veneers and your natural teeth. The veneers always have to match the surrounding natural teeth.
A simple dentist appointment will make everything clear and will tell you if you’re in need of preparation before the veneer.
What happens if one of my veneers falls off?
Dental veneers are a permanent treatment and not a reversible one. From the moment the doctors shave your teeth, you won’t be able to be without dental facets. In case of broken veneers, cracked veneers of if the entire veneer falls off, you will need to replace them immediately.
Dental facets are usually very resistant and can last up to 15 years but sometimes, because of a hit or hard food or grinding, they can break prematurely. Be sure to contact your dentist immediately for a replacement the moment the veneer falls off. The dentist will go through a new veneer placement process and give you a new veneer.
Do Veneers Require Anesthesia?
Even if it’s not always necessary to have anaesthesia during the veneers procedure, you may want to avoid any discomfort during the procedure. This is why it’s possible to get some local anaesthesia during both procedures, the first and the second one. This will take approximately 30 mins to have the injections and take effect.
What Do They Do to Your Teeth Before Veneers?
Before the procedure the teeth get x-rayed, colour-matched, lightly filed down and a mould is created of the teeth. In some cases, deep cleaning and some fillings may be necessary. Before the application of the veneer, the teeth are deeply disinfected to avoid bacteria trapped between the tooth and the veneer. The procedure is very simple and not much is done.
How Long Do Veneers Take From Start To Finish?
The veneers appointments are only two. The first one takes approximately one to two hours while the second one takes two to two and a half hours. If we consider the waiting period for the veneers to be completed and custom-made, the process will take one to three weeks. If you want same-day veneers they will be created in just an appointment and will take around 3 hours.
Are veneers Considered a cosmetic procedure?
Yes, although they may have some health benefits, their primary purpose of use is cosmetic. You can find a lot of cosmetic reasons to get veneers. In addition to these, they also have some functional and health benefits. Veneers act as a protective shield, prevent infections, etc. Also having a better smile would have great effects on your psychology and this can be counted among the health benefits. So, although veneer treatments are cosmetic dentistry, they also have various effects on your health. For this reasaon, they are generally not covered by health insurance.