Dental veneers placement involves very conservative preparation of the front surface of the tooth. Temporary veneers, to preview shape and colour, are placed before the final veneers are bonded onto the teeth.
"I wish to tell you how delighted I am after having my smile lift.I am only sorry that I didn’t have it years ago. My teeth are straighter and whiter than I would ever have believed possible. Over and above the treatment, the hospitality that I received from all the staff in the entire practice makes it a pleasure for me to attend."Mr F. (Totteridge, London)
A full consultation takes place where the patient and the dentist are equally involved in the decision making. Photographs are taken and all fees discussed.
A short appointment is necessary to take an impression of your existing smile. This impression is sent to the laboratory and used to make a template from which the dentist creates your new smile. This is called a wax-up.
This optional appointment can be helpful to some patients who wish to preview the finished result before embarking upon any treatment. It involves using plastic material to copy the wax-up and transfer this to the patient’s mouth.
Approximately 7-10 days after the impression is taken your teeth are lightly buffed and contoured to allow for the small added thickness of the veneers. Temporary veneers are fitted. These temporaries are in plastic material but, in every other respect, are identical to the finished result giving the patient a chance to preview the final smile.
Approximately 4-7 days later the patient returns to discuss their findings. Any adjustments can be made at this time. (There may be as many review appointments as necessary until the patient is happy.)
Approximately 7-10 days later the patient returns to have the permanent, porcelain veneers fitted.
This process, from start to finish, can take as little as 3 weeks although 4-6 weeks is more usual.
Early on in the process the patient will see the ceramist so that he/she can choose the colour they desire.
Hygiene appointments may be required if there are any gum problems.
A review appointment will take place 1-2 weeks after the placement of the veneers to ensure that everything is looking great. A thorough home care regime of brushing and inter-dental cleaning is necessary to ensure the longevity of your veneers. This is no more onerous than that necessary to preserve the health of natural teeth.
"I am a dental hygienist and, therefore, extremely conscious about my smile. Over the years my teeth have been patched up but I decided to seek a long term solution to my mouth. I now have stunning teeth."Mrs C. (Surrey)