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A Step-By-Step Guide To Cosmetic Veneer Services

Are you interested in getting porcelain veneers to help improve the look of your smile? If so, you may be wondering what you can expect during the process of getting veneers. The step-by-step guide below can help to answer some of the questions you may have and allow you to move forward with this process with confidence.

Step 1: Consulting Your Dentist 

The first step in the process will be to schedule an appointment with your dentist in order to determine if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers. There are many factors that go into making this determination such as the overall health of your teeth and the cosmetic issues that you are hoping to correct through the use of veneers. The people who are best suited to the use of cosmetic veneer services are those with good overall oral health and minor cosmetic issues such as discoloration or small gaps between their teeth.

Step 2: Taking Molds

Once your dentist has determined that you are a good candidate for veneer services, your dentist will begin by taking molds of your teeth. This allows your dentist to have veneers made that perfectly match the size and overall shape of your teeth. This ultimately allows your veneers to look and feel natural. The process of taking molds should only take a few minutes and is completely noninvasive. 

Step 3: Removing Enamel

Once your veneers have arrived at your dentist's office, your dentist will schedule you for your final appointment. The first portion of this appointment will be to remove a small layer of enamel from your teeth. This step is very important since it allows your veneers to fit over your teeth without making them bulky. Since porcelain veneers are very thin it is not necessary to remove much enamel. For most people, this process is pain-free and relatively quick. 

Step 4: Attaching Veneers

Once your teeth have been prepped, your dentist will be ready to attach your veneers. This is done using a very strong dental cement that is designed to last for several years. While this process can be a bit uncomfortable simply due to the nature of dental work, there is no pain or need for anesthesia involved. You will not experience any downtime following this procedure and will be able to drive yourself home immediately after it is completed. At this point, all that is left to do is hit the town and start showing off your beautiful new smile.