Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain bonded onto teeth to enhance appearance, and in some cases, to protect the teeth. Veneers allow many patients to achieve a dramatic smile makeover without highly invasive treatments. The results are also very durable, and can last 15 years or more.
Veneers typically require 2-3 appointments. The first is a consultation to determine the desired look, and plan the shape of the veneers to achieve it. Commonly, diagnostic study models and photos are taken and in the laboratory, a wax plan for the veneers is made (wax-up).
During the second visit, the tooth surfaces will be prepared, by removing a very thin layer of enamel, and taking impressions of the teeth. Using these impressions, veneers are fabricated to fit onto the surfaces.
On the third visit, we will apply a cleaning solution to prepare the tooth surfaces for bonding, and the permanent veneers will be bonded.
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