What Should I Expect During the Preparation of the Smile Prior to Placing Porcelain Veneers?

Ardmore, PA patients who want to disguise imperfections of the smile often work with a cosmetic dentist to determine the best options for them. Dr. Lindsey F. Marshall provides advanced dentistry and smile artistry in her practice, and may make a recommendation of porcelain veneers.

What are veneers?

Porcelain veneers are dental restorations used to mask imperfections that may impact the teeth near the front of the mouth, known as the anterior teeth. These teeth are the most visible when patients smile, speak, and laugh, and when problems such as permanent staining, breakage, or gaps exist, patients may feel incredibly self-conscious about how their smile appears to others. Porcelain veneers help disguise these issues. They are created to be bonded over the front of the natural tooth to cover it and improve it.

What is the process of placing a porcelain veneer?

  • Consultation. When patients speak to Dr. Lindsey F. Marshall about specific cosmetic issues within their smile, they are consulting with her to determine if they are an appropriate candidate for porcelain veneers. Not everyone is a good fit for porcelain veneers, and if this is the case, our team will make recommendations for more suitable solutions.
  • Preparation. Once patients decide to move forward with porcelain veneers in their smile, they need to have the teeth prepared. Preparation requires the dentist to remove a thin portion of enamel from the front surface of the natural tooth. This is necessary to avoid the veneer from adding extra bulk to the smile, making the veneer stand out as a dental restoration. Dr. Lindsey F. Marshall wants the veneers to look completely natural.
  • Fabrication. After preparations, the dentist will take impressions of the natural tooth and send it to a dental laboratory for fabrication. This can take approximately a week, as a dental ceramist will create the veneer based on the dentist’s specifications in color, shape, and size.
  • Placement. The finished veneer is then bonded in place on the tooth to complete the process and allow patients to enjoy their beautiful new smile!

Request a visit with Dr. Lindsey F. Marshall today!

If you are considering porcelain veneers, now is a great time to consult with our team of professionals to determine if they are right for you! Call our practice at (610) 649-0696 to speak to our front office team about a consultation appointment. We are located in Suburban Square in Ardmore, PA at 32 Parking Plaza, Suite #602.

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