Traditionally, veneer treatment is a two-visit process. The first visit prepares teeth for veneers by reducing surface enamel slightly. This step is necessary in order for veneers to lie flush against the gums. After reduction, impressions are made, and a mold of the teeth is sent to a dental lab. Here, lab technicians fabricate veneers from high-quality porcelain.
At New Smiles, patients have the option of expedited treatment using CEREC technology. Our dentists have extensive experience in the CEREC process, through which our labs fabricate veneers and other restorations from lifelike, durable porcelain in our in-house milling machine. CEREC veneers are just as lovely as those made in a dental lab, and they give you the final result in a single visit.
One of the benefits of same-day veneers is that, because there is no time in between preparation and placement, minimal if any, sensitivity occurs. Patients who choose to have lab-made veneers may experience slight sensitivity during the week to two weeks in between their appointments. Typically, this is a temporary and tolerable sensation.
Maintenance is an important aspect of veneer treatment because the care you take of your teeth and these restorations will directly relate to longevity. When good care is taken of veneers, these restorations can last upwards of 20 years. Brushing and flossing are crucial to cavity prevention. Veneers cover only the front surface of teeth, so decay may still occur at the margins, in between teeth, or on the posterior surface.