Today we’re going to demystify what happens when you get porcelain veneers, shedding a little light on the process of treatment.
Generally, we use bonded porcelain veneers, onlays and crowns, because porcelain has the best visual properties, displaying a certain depth of color as opalescence. In short, it looks the most natural.
After a full examination performed during your consultation, we do a full-mouth series of x-rays. We do this a.) to determine your overall dental health, and b.) to make certain there are no dental infirmities lying under the surface that will disrupt us from performing your cosmetic makeover. Basically, we want to deal with any underlying problems before we start.
Next, we take diagnostic photos that we send out for imaging. We can digitally manipulate these photos based on your input, so we can give you an idea of what to expect. You’ll be looking at a 2-dimensional interpretation of your future smile.
A ceramist will have the photos sent to their lab, then identify with a real-life person rather than a stone model, in order to get a realistic idea of how your teeth will look. Any modifications to correct crowding will be made before conducting a diagnostic wax-up.
A diagnostic wax-up is performed next. Impressions are made of the chosen teeth, which are in turn made into stone model replicas. These stone models are then shaped and built in a white wax in order to simulate the reconstruction in porcelain. This will be the blueprint we use, which tells us how to get where we need to be in order to achieve your desired result. The diagnostic wax-up aids us in fabricating temporary veneers and crowns that you can wear while your new teeth are being made. This will give you a preview of how you’re going to look when the procedure is finished.
After we confirm the length and shape of your veneers, if you are indeed pleased with the design, an impression is taken of your temporary veneers. We then create an index, which helps the ceramist accurately create what you have in mind. The more direct and clear information we are able to give the ceramist, the more successful and accurate your outcome will be. Once all the logistical work is done, we will set a date for the fabrication of your new teeth. In one to two weeks, you will have your brand new smile!
We hope some of this is helpful. Of course, if you still have any lingering questions, give us a call over at Bedford Dental Group today!