Behind the Scenes: How are dental veneers made and applied?

By Dr. Thomas Martin
A radiant smile can be a game-changer, upping your confidence and leaving a lasting impression on acquaintances, friends, and family members. Dental veneers have become a popular cosmetic dental solution for achieving that perfect smile.

Are you dreaming of a head-turning smile? Veneers may be an excellent way to achieve that dazzling smile you’ve always wanted. See if this treatment is right for you at Martin Dental Studio in Madison, TN. Request your consultation with Dr. Thomas Martin by calling (615) 865-2260.

Have you ever wondered about the intricate process behind creating and applying dental veneers? In this blog, we take you behind the scenes, exploring the preparation, fabrication, and application of dental veneers. We also provide insights into their care, longevity, cost, and alternative treatment options.

The Preparation Process

Before the magic of dental veneers begins, a comprehensive consultation with our dentist in Madison, TN,  is essential. 

During this initial phase, Dr. Martin and his team closely evaluate your oral health, taking time to thoroughly discuss your goals. It is during this appointment that you and Dr. Martin can truly determine whether veneers are the right option for you

To help verify your candidacy, our team may gather X-rays and dental impressions to gain a better understanding of your oral health. We also use this information to create a precise treatment plan and model of your teeth.

If you are a suitable candidate for veneer treatment, then the next step is tooth preparation. Typically, this involves shaving away a very small amount of tooth enamel to accommodate the shell-like prosthetic. Preparing the teeth ensures a seamless, natural fit for a flawless appearance. 

While pain is minimal during this treatment, our team utilizes local anesthesia to further enhance your comfort and reduce dental anxiety. Please ask our team about all available sedative and numbing options to enhance your experience and ensure your comfort. 

The Fabrication Process

The artistry of dental veneers lies in their fabrication. 

Once our team takes impressions of your mouth, we send the results to a trusted dental laboratory to begin the fabrication process. Here, skilled technicians meticulously craft the veneers, ensuring they match your particular dentition with aesthetic goals. 

Traditionally, dental lab technicians make veneers from porcelain due to the material’s durability and resemblance to natural teeth. However, advancements in dental technology have introduced alternative materials (such as composite resin), which may be ideal for specific cases.

The dental laboratory carefully shapes the veneers to match the contours and coloration of your natural teeth. In many cases, lab technicians add intricate details (like minor flaws and texture) to improve the lifelike quality of the prostheses. Technicians are careful to choose a shade that blends in with the rest of your smile, creating a harmonious and authentic appearance. 

The fabrication process usually takes a few weeks. During this time, Dr. Martin may provide you with a set of temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth while you wait for your final prostheses.

The Application Process

Once the custom veneers are ready, it’s time for the application process. Dr. Martin will first place the veneers on your teeth to assess their fit and appearance. During this time, our team makes any necessary adjustments before we initiate the final bonding process. 

Then, Dr. Martin will prepare the teeth by cleaning and etching them. This helps establish a better adhesive bond between the tooth surface and the veneer. Our team then applies a specialized cement to the veneers before carefully positioning it onto the tooth. With the help of a curing light, the cement activates and secures the veneer in place.

After the veneers are bonded to the teeth, our team may make additional adjustments to ensure a comfortable bite and optimal aesthetics. The result is a transformed smile that looks natural and enhances your overall facial features.

Caring for Veneers

While veneers are durable, they can still sustain damage from time to time. That’s why maintaining the longevity and appearance of your veneers requires proper care. Here are some essential tips for caring for your dental veneers:

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Regular brushing and flossing is important for all patients, but it is particularly important after veneer treatment. To prevent plaque buildup and maintain the health of your natural teeth and gums, our dentist in Madison, TN, recommends a balanced diet alongside twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing.

Avoid Excessive Force

While veneers are sturdy, they can chip or crack under extreme pressure. To prevent stress-related breakages, our team recommends avoiding:

  • Biting on hard objects, such as ice or pens
  • Chomping on ice or hard candy
  • Teeth grinding
Regular Dental Check-Ups 

Scheduling and attending routine dental visits is a must. These appointments help our team keep your smile healthy and clean while also checking for any issues that may arise after veneer treatment. This is crucial for catching and fixing issues before they become major problems

Stain-Conscious Habits 

While porcelain veneers are resistant to staining, it’s advisable to minimize the consumption of highly pigmented foods and beverages. So, reduce your consumption of:

  • Coffee
  • Certain fruit juices, like pomegranate 
  • Red wine
  • Berries
  • Dark chocolate

Longevity, Cost, and Alternatives

The lifespan of dental veneers can change depending on many factors, such as:

  • The material used to create the veneer
  • The patient’s oral hygiene
  • The patient’s general lifestyle and habits

Nevertheless, dentists design veneers to veneers to last between 10 and 15 years. However, proper upkeep and maintenance can extend this lifespan by several years. 

The cost of veneers is likely to fluctuate due to many factors, including:

  • The dentist’s location
  • The dentist’s expertise
  • The material used to create the veneers
  • The number of veneers needed
  • The overall complexity of the procedure

While our team will give you a general estimate of your complete veneer treatment, most patients can expect treatment to range from $1,000 to $2,500 per tooth.

For those seeking alternatives to veneers, options include:

  • Teeth Whitening: If your main concern is tooth discoloration, professional teeth whitening procedures may be a less invasive and more affordable option.
  • Dental Bonding: This involves applying a long-lasting, tooth-colored material to the tooth surface to address minor imperfections. While not as durable as veneers, bonding is a more cost-effective solution.
  • Orthodontic Treatment: For individuals with misaligned teeth, orthodontic options such as braces or clear aligners can provide a long-term solution to achieve a more symmetrical smile.

Schedule a Veneers Consultation in Madison, TN

Dental veneers are a remarkable solution for enhancing your smile, offering a blend of artistry and science. While many of us associate this procedure with celebrities and red carpet looks, our dentist in Madison, TN, believes that all patients should have access to this revolutionary treatment. 

If you’re ready to upgrade your smile with veneers, contact Dr. Thomas Martin at Martin Dental Studio in Madison, TN. You can request your consultation now at (615) 865-2260.

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