Veneers are great for those looking to correct imperfections in their teeth, from staining to uneven teeth, to gaps. They consist of thin shells made from either porcelain or resin composite that are bonded to the surface of your teeth to correct shape, size, color, or even length. The result is a beautiful smile that you will be proud to show off. Here’s how the process works:
The first thing you need to do when getting veneers in Skokie, IL, is make an appointment with your dentist for a consultation. The dentist will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for veneers. They will also take x-rays and take an impression of your mouth and teeth.
To prepare for veneers to be installed, the dentist will need to remove some enamel from your teeth – approximately ½ millimeter. This is about the thickness of the veneer that will be placed on top. Once this is done, they will make an impression of your tooth.
The tooth model (or teeth if you are getting several veneers) is then sent to a lab where the veneers are constructed. This process can take 2-4 weeks.
Before cementing the veneer to your teeth, the dentist will first ensure that the veneer fits properly, trimming it if necessary. Next, they will prepare your teeth by cleaning, polishing, and etching them. Just like attached two pieces of clay, etching roughs up the surface of the tooth so that veneer will form a stronger bond to your teeth.
The dentist will then apply the cement and fit the veneer over your tooth, adjusting as necessary. Once the veneers are perfectly placed, a curing light will be used to harden the cement. Once the dentist has examined the veneers, removed excess cement, and tested your bite, you’re good to go!