What kind of preparation is needed for veneers?
I would Imagine that a dentist would need to do a bunch of work on my teeth before I am even a good candidate to get veneers. How much prep work is needed to get your teeth into the proper state to be able to handle veneers?
It depends on the pre-existing state of your teeth. In my case, I had some crooked teeth that were too "lingual," or turning inward, while some others were sticking out. For this reason, I wore braces for 6 months. The braces made the procedure easier than it would have been, although the dentist still had to shave away the enamel on some of my front teeth since six months was not adequate time to straighten them perfectly. Another issue I had was a misaligned gumline, which made my right tooth higher than the left. The dentists took about an hour reshaping the natural teeth so that they appeared to be the same length. My gumline is still not even, but it's not as easily noticed since the teeth have been shaped to appear even.
There was minimal preparation needed to get dental veneers. Outside of the initial consultation, I had two appointments. The first appointment was my examination. My dentist examined me to determine what type of veneers would work best for me. At this appointment, my teeth were prepared for my permanent veneers. I didn't need any type of anesthesia. I had temporary veneers put in place. These veneers protected my teeth until my permanent veneers were ready. When my permanent veneers were ready, I had my final appointment where the veneers were placed using resin cement. The process is relatively smooth and no outside preparation is needed for any of the appointments.
When I decided to get veneers, I had an initial consultation with my dentist, during which we talked about what changes I wanted to make to my teeth. He examined my mouth to see if I grind my teeth or had gum disease or infected teeth, which could be barriers to getting veneers. He also x-rayed my teeth and made clay impressions of my mouth, and he ultimately determined that I qualified for the procedure. We discussed the entire process of getting veneers, and one week later, I went back to the dentist to get my veneers. The dentist gave me a localized anesthetic and cleaned, filed, and shaped each tooth. He then applied a strong bonding try-in paste and the veneers were applied to my teeth. The tooth preparation work wasn’t that bad for me, but I'm sure the amount of prep work involved will depend on your oral health.
Before I got my veneers, my dentist examined me to make sure that I was a good candidate. It took several appointments for me to complete the process. On my first office visit, my dentist and I discussed what shape, size, and veneer type would work for my face shape. We also discussed what I wanted to achieve with the procedure. During my second visit, he removed a small amount of enamel from my teeth and he made a mold of my teeth. Before I left the office, I was fitted with temporary veneers. My permanent veneers would have to be made in a lab. Once my permanent veneers were made, I scheduled another appointment. This appointment was the final step in the process. My permanent veneers were put into place. I love my improved smile and am happy that I went to an experienced cosmetic dentist.
I love the idea of having porcelain veneers. They look like natural teeth and greatly improved my smile. The preparation process was not that involved. My dental technician checked to see to make sure that I was a candidate and had good oral hygiene. She then took a mold of my teeth. The mold was used to create permanent veneers. I wasn't thrilled about having my enamel removed from the tooth surface, but it wasn't painful. I didn't need to do anything before my appointment. My dentist did numb the area before she removed the enamel. My temporary veneers were placed. I went in for a final appointment a few weeks later and my veneers were placed using cementation.