The Porcelain Veneers Process
The journey begins with a consultation with your Lake Oswego cosmetic dentist, Dr. Bowden. During this step, you’ll discuss your smile goals, concerns, and expectations with Dr. Bowden. He’ll assess your dental health and determine if porcelain veneers are the right solution for you. Your consultation is a great time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have.
Once you decide to proceed, Dr. Bowden will collaborate with you to design your ideal smile. Digital imaging may be used to create a detailed blueprint of the veneers’ shape, size, and color, for a personalized and natural look.
To prepare your teeth for your new veneers, a small amount of your tooth enamel, usually about half a millimeter, is gently removed. This creates room for the veneers and ensures a proper fit. An impression of your teeth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where skilled technicians craft your custom porcelain veneers.
When your veneers are ready, typically in a couple of weeks, you’ll return for the placement procedure. Dr. Bowden will begin by temporarily placing the veneers on your teeth to ensure a precise fit and color match. Adjustments can be made at this stage to guarantee the best results.
With the final approval, we will clean, polish, and etch your teeth to create an ideal surface for bonding. A specialized adhesive is applied to each veneer, and they are meticulously placed on your teeth. A curing light activates the adhesive, securing the veneers in place.
Once the veneers are securely bonded, any excess material is removed, and final adjustments are made. Dr. Bowden will check your bite and ensure the veneers seamlessly blend with your natural teeth, creating a cohesive and beautiful smile.
A follow-up appointment is usually scheduled after a week or so to assess your comfort and ensure that the veneers are functioning as intended. Any necessary fine-tuning can be done during this visit.