What to Expect When Getting Veneers
Your dentist will carry out a comprehensive dental examination to address any issues you may have with your teeth and assess your suitability for Porcelain Veneers. At Truly Dental we pride ourselves on working together as partners with all of our patients, collaborating to identify your ultimate smile goals and develop a bespoke treatment plan so that we can achieve them.
Particularly if you are unsure about treatment, or have lived with an unwelcome defect of a tooth or teeth for so long that you can’t imagine your smile without them, your dentist can also at this appointment offer to take you through our Digital Smile Design process . This allows your dentist to create a 3D mould of your planned veneers, to place temporarily in position in your mouth so that you can get an idea of what the final result will look like, allowing for any alterations or suggestions to be made before committing to treatment.
Once you are fully happy to proceed, your dentist will explain the procedure involved in porcelain veneer treatment to create the desired transformation of your smile, and of course happily answer any questions you may have at this stage. Your clinical team will be able to discuss our various payment plans at this point also, to ensure that you are on the treatment payment plan that best meets your dental, lifestyle, and budgetary needs. Finally, our reception team will communicate with your treating dentist to schedule you in for the first stage of your treatment before you leave the clinic.
Planning and preparing
At this first treatment appointment, your dentist will ensure that you are fully comfortable before beginning your procedure. To carry out a preparation of your tooth or teeth to receive a veneer, a very thin layer of the outer enamel of your tooth is removed, making space for the finished veneer to bond to the surface of your tooth as this layer’s replacement. For the vast majority of patients, this process of removal creates very little to no discomfort. However your dentist will still treat the area with local anaesthetic to numb your mouth before beginning.
Once your tooth is prepared to receive the veneer, your dentist will use a high-tech 3D scanner to create a record of your teeth. This is also the stage at which you will choose - with the expert advice of a cosmetic dentist - the desired shade of new veneers, to perfectly colour-match them to your natural smile. This colour selection along with your 3D record are then sent to our dental lab, where each veneer is individually and expertly hand-crafted.
Infrequently, for teeth that are more damaged or in poor condition, once they have been prepared to receive a veneer your dentist may create a temporary veneer from dental composite material, to protect the prepared tooth until your permanent veneers have returned from the lab. On average, after 2 to 3 weeks your porcelain veneers will be ready to fit, and our front desk will contact you to schedule your final appointment to have these placed.
Fitting the Veneers
Your final visit to have your veneers placed is relatively quick and entirely painless. Your dentist will first remove any temporary veneers that were placed during your last appointment, and then your teeth will be cleaned in preparation for placement.
Your dentist will first try the veneers in place to show you and ensure that you are happy with the appearance, before proceeding to cement them in place. Each Porcelain veneer is then carefully bonded to your tooth using a permanent dental cement, which is hardened under a bright light. Any excess cement will be removed and your dentist will carry out a final examination of the shape and colour of your veneers, as well as testing your new bite, to make sure that you are satisfied and that no adjustments are required.
Your dentist will then explain and provide you with detailed instructions on how to best care for your new smile, including hygiene and dietary guidance to prolong the life of your restorations, as well as scheduling any follow-up treatment or check-up examination that is needed.