How Are Veneers Applied?

April 4, 2019 Kalamazoo Smiles

Veneers Dentist Kalamazoo, MIWish you could repair front teeth with small chips or cracks? You’re in luck! Our cosmetic dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, may recommend porcelain veneers to restore your smile and oral health. A veneer is a wafer-thin porcelain shell that Dr. Bandos can bond to the front of a tooth. This improves the tooth’s appearance so you can smile with confidence.

Compared to dental crowns, veneers are also less invasive and can help you save as much natural tooth structure as possible.

Here’s what you can expect during veneers treatment, which takes two trips to our office.

Consultation With a Cosmetic Dentist

woman with veneers smiling in dental chair

Have you ever felt embarrassed about your smile? If so, you owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation for cosmetic dental care.

Dr. Bandos will examine your teeth, gums, and any X-rays we take during your visit. She’ll also look over your health history to create a treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs.

You may be a candidate for veneers if you have:

  • A chipped front tooth
  • Small cracks in front teeth
  • Small gaps between front teeth
  • Misshapen front teeth
  • Stains that we can’t fix with teeth whitening

Our dentist will be able to help you explore your options so you can get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Tooth Preparation

shade guide for veneers

First, Dr. Bandos will inject a local anesthetic into the soft tissue by your tooth. This will work fast to numb the tooth and surrounding gums. That way, you don’t feel any discomfort during the veneers procedure.

Next, Dr. Bandos will need to remove a thin layer of enamel from the fronts of your teeth to create space for the veneers. Once we’re done prepping your teeth, we’ll take dental impressions and send them to an off-site lab.

Dr. Bandos will also use a shade guide to select the perfect color for your veneers. That way, they look natural and blend in with the rest of your teeth.

From there, the lab will use your impressions to create custom dental veneers for your smile. It will take a few weeks for the lab to make your veneers, so we’ll place temporary veneers over your teeth. These temporary restorations will protect your teeth until you come in for your second appointment.

Permanent Veneers Placement

porcelain veneer diagram

When you arrive for your second appointment, your permanent dental veneers will be ready.

Dr. Bandos will remove your temporary veneers and check the size, fit, and shade of your new veneers. She may also need to make small alterations to the veneers so they blend in with the rest of your smile.

Here’s what one of our patients had to say about her experience with Kalamazoo Smiles.

“She was so caring and took pride that…it had to be to her perfection as well as my own.”

Once the veneers look perfect, Dr. Bandos will clean, polish, and etch the surface of your receiving teeth. This is to ensure that your teeth create a strong bond with your new porcelain veneers.

Our dentist will then use a special type of cement to attach the veneers to the fronts of your teeth. After removing any excess cement, our dentist will check your bite to make sure it’s in proper alignment.

When you leave our office, you’ll have porcelain veneers that look and feel natural.

Learn More: How to Take Care of Your Porcelain Veneers →

Request a Consultation for Porcelain Veneers

Dr. Katherine Bandos is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Kalamazoo, MI. As such, she’d be more than happy to determine if you’re a candidate for veneers. To request an appointment, please call Kalamazoo Smiles at (269) 353-3700. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

This blog post has been updated.

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