Dental veneers, like crowns, will often require two visits (or more) to complete. First, your dentists at Pathways Dental Clinic will have a consultation with you and come up with a smile design by taking a mould of your teeth, along with photographs of your mouth. Then, the lab technician will wax-up your new smile based on what you want to achieve. Whether it’s a single porcelain veneer or multiple, the wax-up is a way for you to visualize what your new smile can look like. The dentist will then transfer this and do a real mock-up on your teeth with temporary material to show you what it will look like. This will give you a good idea of which direction it is going and the esthetic outcome the treatment can have.
Your dentist will then prepare the teeth in the most conservative way possible, to allow for the thickness of the porcelain veneer. A new mould will be taken for the lab so they can design and fabricate the custom fitting veneers. The dentist will fabricate temporary veneers that you will “test-drive” for a couple of weeks. This will allow you to give feedback if anything needs to be altered before the permanent veneers are placed. The last appointment will be to insert the new porcelain veneers! The temporaries will be removed, and teeth will be cleaned for fresh bonding. The veneers will be bonded on with resin cement and then cured.
You will receive care instructions for the veneers: Brushing, flossing, and regular care visits are all important in the maintenance of your new smile.