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September 17, 2021

Woman having dental veneers placed

Dental veneers are a common treatment that is a staple for celebrities. These wafer-thin, custom shells of porcelain fit perfectly over the front surface of the teeth in order to mask imperfections in the mouth, like discoloration, chips, gaps, undersized teeth, and minor misalignment issues. Before you commit to the procedure, it pays to know what you can expect. Here is what the veneers process in Allen will look like.

Creating a Plan

First, you will be creating a plan with your dentist. They will need to know what your ideal smile looks like so they can help you achieve your goals. The more specific you can be, the better. Try bringing in photo examples of what you’d like the final result to look like. Your dentist will give you their professional input as well so you can compromise on a gorgeous, achievable end goal.

Preparing the Teeth

Once you and your dentist are in agreement on a treatment plan, it’s time to start prep work. After confirming that you don’t have any existing oral health issues that need treatment, a small amount of enamel will be removed from the front surface of the teeth to make room for the veneers. Their goal is to remove as little tooth structure as possible because this is not reversible.

Crafting at the Laboratory

After your teeth are prepped, your dentist will have an impression of them made and send them off to the dental laboratory where your veneers will be crafted. In the meantime, you will begiven a temporary set of veneers that will allow you to speak, chew, and smile with ease in the coming weeks until you can have your final restorations placed.

The Final Placement

Your dentist will let you know when your veneers are ready and you can return to the office. At this point, your veneers will be adhered to the front of your teeth. They will do this by etching the inside of your veneers and the surface of your teeth with a mild acidic solution to open up tiny pores. Next, a translucent cement is placed to fill the pores. This will help your veneers to become one with your teeth.

With so many aesthetic benefits, it’s no wonder why veneers have become so popular in Hollywood. Ask your dentist if they are the right option for perfecting your smile!

About the Author

Dr. Christina Blacher earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Midwestern University and went on to receive extensive training in many topics, including Invisalign training, Botox and dermal fillers for facial pain, and dental implant placement. Currently, she is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, North Dallas Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry. For more information on veneers or to schedule a consultation at her office in Allen, visit her website or call (214) 383-5511.