Dental Veneers Procedure Step by Step

Dental VeneersDental veneers can transform an unflattering smile into one that generates ample attention. Those who recognize the word, “veneer,” usually do not fully understand this oral health solution.  If you are not exactly sure what dental veneers are and what the placement process is like, do not worry.

Here is what you need to know about the dental veneers procedure.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers consist of porcelain.  Acrylic plastic or a filling material that matches the color of the surrounding teeth might be necessary to create trial veneers.  The dentist will place these trial veneers right onto your teeth so you can get an idea of what they look like. If the height of the gums between the teeth in the front of the mouth is uneven, the dentist can even them out prior to the creation of your veneers.

After making the gums even, the teeth will match one another. This is actually quite the important component of the veneers procedure as more than three-quarters of patients have a visible portion of the gums above the front teeth.  The adjustment of the gum contour really will benefit the smile aesthetic.

A Smile Preview

As noted above, the dentist can form trial veneers and place them on your teeth to give you a look at what your new smile will be like.  Though you cannot exit the office with acrylic on your chompers, pictures can be taken to share with family, friends and others. Furthermore, the dentist can form an exact model of your teeth and subsequently shape the dental veneers on the model with wax.  This is just another way to preview what your teeth will look like after placing the veneers.

Teeth Preparation

Once you determine what you are looking for and you agree on a plan of action with the dentist, it is time to prepare your teeth for the placement of veneers.  Tooth prep includes the polishing the teeth to eliminate tooth structure from the teeth.

Professionals perform this elimination with a dental drill.  The amount that the professional needs to remove hinges on the intended result as well as the positioning of the teeth.  The overarching aim is to eliminate as little of the structure as possible.

The Dental Lab

As soon as the teeth are properly prepared, a mold is made.  This mold is transmitted to the dental lab where technicians use it to form an exact replica of the teeth.  This process will take a week or two. You will wear provisional veneers during this waiting period. Provisional veneers are cemented right onto the teeth so you can proceed with your day-to-day activities without problem.

After a couple weeks pass, you will return to the dentist's office for a fine-tuning of your provisional veneers.  This is quite the important step as provisional veneers must function and appear exactly as you desire to guarantee the final veneers do the same.  An impression of these veneers will go to the lab to serve as a three-dimensional image of how the exterior of the veneers should appear.

The Final Step

After the lab completes the veneers, we bond them to the teeth.  This process requires an etching of the teeth and the interior of the veneers to open pores in the surfaces.  The dentist then places a see-through cement to create tiny tags that move into the open pores and make the veneers a cohesive unit.

What’s the next step?

Request a dental veneers consultation here: or call Roman Khodosh DDS PC at (973) 542-7597 for an appointment in our East Orange dental office.

Recent Posts

Taking Care Of Your Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are revered by dentists and patients alike as they create a beautiful smile full of straight teeth. This oral health solution will remain effective as long as you provide the proper care. Follow the dental veneer care guidelines explained below and your veneers will serve you well as the months and years go…

A East Orange Dental Office Discusses Dental Veneers And What They Can Do For You

As a dental office in East Orange, we regularly place dental veneers. When you are considering getting veneers, you will want to know what they can do for you. Veneers are a versatile cosmetic improvement because they cover so many different types of dental imperfections. Many patients have even recently opted to use dental veneers…

Is Dental Bonding In East Orange, NJ Permanent?

Dental bonding involves a dentist applying a tooth-colored, special resin to a tooth that needs fixing. It is used to hide defects and abnormalities on a tooth or simply to improve the way it looks. This treatment can also help with oral problems like tooth decay. To answer the question posed in the title, dental…

What’s The Difference Between Dental Bonding & Veneers?

When you have chipped, cracked or discolored teeth, both dental bonding and veneers can improve the appearance of your smile. Choosing between these two treatments can be challenging, as both offer similar restorative qualities. Although they yield similar results, dental bonding and veneers differ in many ways.Before you consider a method for improving your smile,…

Recent Posts

How To Relieve Tooth Pain

How To Relieve Tooth Pain

Nothing ruins a perfectly good day like tooth pain. It can leave your mouth sore and tender, it can make your gums throb with pain and it can even lead to some rather vicious headaches. Toothaches are the way the body signals the brain that there are problems in the mouth. The most effective way…

Orthodontic Dental Office: Causes Of Crooked Teeth

Orthodontic Dental Office: Causes Of Crooked Teeth

Are you looking for reasons why someone might have crooked teeth instead of straight teeth? A variety of factors can cause this condition. Some people have straight teeth, and they do not need to see a dentist that often as long as they make sure to brush and floss their teeth twice a day.On the…

Roman Khodosh DDS PC has 5 out of 5 based on 23 Google, Yelp and Facebook Reviews.
While we accept a multitude of insurances, we do not currently accept MediCaid