Start Your Smile Transformation with a Veneer Consultation: What Your Dentist Will Tell You Before Getting Dental Veneers

Start Your Smile Transformation with a Veneer Consultation: What Your Dentist Will Tell You Before Getting Dental Veneers By Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho | February 13, 2023

Getting dental veneers can be a great way to transform your smile and enhance the appearance of your teeth. Dental veneers are an excellent option when it comes to addressing cosmetic dental concerns, such as: 

  • Chipped teeth
  • Damaged or broken teeth
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

 

Before you commit to getting dental veneers, it is important that you have a dental veneer consultation with your dentist. During this meeting, they will tell you what to expect before, during, and after dental veneer treatment.

This blog post will discuss veneer consultation and what to expect when you meet with your dentist.

Summary of the Content

Veneers are a great way to enhance a smile and boost confidence.

A veneer consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist can help you decide if veneers are right for you.

During the veneer consultation, the dentist will provide information about veneers, the dental veneer process, its cost, and proper care. 

After the consultation, patients can decide if veneers are the right choice.

Consulting with an experienced dentist will give you confidence that you will achieve a successful veneer treatment.

Why Is Consultation Important Before Getting Dental Veneers

Before investing in dental veneers, a comprehensive cosmetic dentistry consultation with your dentist is necessary. Here are just some of the reasons why:

  • A veneer consultation allows you to get a sense of what veneers can do for your smile and the goals that can be achieved with veneers.
  • The success of dental veneers highly depends on healthy teeth and gums. During your veneers consultation, the dentist will examine your teeth and gums, assess their condition, and determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers.
  • During the cosmetic dental consultation, you’ll have ample time to ask questions about veneers and learn about any potential risks or complications associated with veneer treatment.
  • The dentist will also discuss how veneers can improve not only your appearance but also the health of your teeth and gums.
  • With a thorough dental evaluation, the dentist can provide more accurate cost estimates and provide you with a better understanding of the veneer process.
  • Veneer consultation gives the dentist an opportunity to answer any questions about dental materials used for veneers and their durability over time.
  • Veneer consultations also allow the dentist to discuss aftercare instructions necessary for maintaining your veneers in good condition.

What to Expect During Your Veneer Consultation

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Here’s what you can expect from your veneer consultation:

Appointment Scheduling

Setting up an appointment for a veneer consultation is the first step for anyone considering this cosmetic dental procedure. To reach your dentist’s office, you can call or use their convenient online booking system. Whichever way you choose to set your appointment, you should be able to easily find a time that suits both you and your dentist.

Pre-Appointment Instructions

Before arriving at the dental clinic, take time to read any instructions provided by the dental office and follow them closely.

This may involve filling out paperwork or avoiding certain foods or drinks beforehand. Gather any necessary dental records if needed, though it’s better to check if this is required before your appointment.

Introductions

During your veneer consultation, you will likely begin with a warm welcome and introduction to the dental team. The dentist or dental care provider may take a few moments to get to know you on a personal level. Your dentist will also ask about your dental concern and gather details about it. 

Medical and Dental History

Your dentist will thoroughly assess your medical and dental history, see if the procedure is safe for you, and understand how your dental issues can be properly addressed. You’ll likely be asked questions regarding the following:

  • Oral care routines, including how often you brush and floss
  • Medications (prescription and non-prescription) that you take
  • Recent illnesses, surgeries, or injuries
  • Diet
  • Allergies and reactions to certain foods

Oral Exam

During this step, your dentist will examine the condition of your teeth and gums. Various tools may be used to assess your oral health. They may also take X-rays and photos to help in their evaluation. These are necessary to get a clear and accurate assessment of the concerned teeth. These will enable dental professionals to design a treatment plan that will address the patient’s concerns and needs. 

Discussion of Cosmetic Goals

You and your dentist will have a dialogue about the goals you want to meet with your treatment. You will discuss crucial components, including:

  • What do you want your teeth to look like after treatment?
  • Do you want to change the size of your teeth?
  • Are you satisfied with the colour of your teeth?

Your dentist will work closely with you so that your goals can be achieved accordingly. They will also recommend additional treatments or services if they’re necessary to achieve the desired outcome.

Veneer Options

At this point, your dentist will explain the different types of veneers, such as:

  • Porcelain Veneers – Porcelain veneers, also known as ceramic veneers, are thin, tooth-coloured shells of porcelain designed to match your teeth’ natural colour and shape, making them virtually undetectable. Porcelain veneers are more stain resistant than other types, so your smile will stay bright and beautiful for much longer.
  • Composite Resin Veneers – Composite resin veneers are made from a composite resin material that can be moulded and shaped directly on your teeth. This type of veneer is usually less expensive than others but can become stained or change its colour over time if not cared for properly. The composite veneer procedure can be completed in a single appointment.

Your dentist will explain the pros and cons of each material and discuss which option will be suitable for you. 

Preparation Process

Dental veneer treatment is a minimally invasive procedure. Your dentist will start by administering local anesthesia. Once numb, your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the front surface of the teeth. Then, they’ll take an impression (or mould) of the teeth to be sent to the laboratory for veneer fabrication. 

Timeline

If you’re considering veneers, your dentist will provide you with an estimated timeline for their delivery and fitting. This may vary depending on the complexity of your treatment, but it usually involves multiple visits and can take a few weeks from start to finish.

It’s important to prepare for each appointment, follow the instructions and advice of your dentist and show up promptly so that your schedule remains on track.

Cost

During your smile makeover consultation, you will also learn about the cost of veneers, dental veneer packages, and payment plans available. Factors that may affect the cost of porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers include the following:

  • Type of veneer used: Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers. 
  • The number of veneers needed: If you’re getting veneers on several teeth, the cost will be higher than if you are just covering one or two.
  • Location of the practice: The cost of veneers may vary depending on where you live, as labour and materials costs can differ from one place to another.
  • Your dental insurance coverage, if applicable: It’s important to check with your health insurance provider to see if veneers are covered under their plan.
  • Your dental professional’s knowledge and experience: Accomplished dentists may charge more for cosmetic dental work due to their experience and the quality of their work.

Risks and Side Effects

Before getting veneers, it’s important to understand any potential risks or side effects of this cosmetic dentistry procedure. During your consultation, your dental professional will explain any concerning issues in detail.

The risks and side effects of cosmetic veneer procedures include the following:

  • Tooth sensitivity: After the veneers are fitted, you may feel sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages. This symptom is usually transient. 
  • Tooth enamel removal: To fit veneers, a thin layer of tooth enamel must be removed to create space for the veneer. If too much tooth structure is removed, it can cause long-term damage and require a more extensive treatment than dental veneers.
  • Discolouration: Veneers may discolour over time due to staining from coffee, tea, or other foods and drinks. Regular cleaning should help reduce the risk of discolouration, but it’s important to limit the consumption of dark-coloured food and beverages as well.
  • Increased risk of tooth decay and cavities: If the veneers are not fitted well, and there is a gap between the veneer and the tooth, the space could be a plaque-retentive area that is difficult to clean. This can lead to tooth decay and cavities. 
  • Gum irritation: Veneers that extend too deep into the gums can cause pain and inflammation. This may cause gum disease, which can lead to gum recession and bone loss. 
  • Damage to the veneers due to physical trauma or clenching/grinding your teeth: Veneers may be damaged if you experience physical trauma or grind your teeth, so it is important to protect veneers with a night guard.

Your dentist will discuss all of these potential risks in detail so that you can make an informed decision about whether veneers are right for you. Additionally, they will discuss other treatment options if you’re not amenable to dental veneers.

Questions and Concerns

Dental professionals will strive to make your visit as educational and informative as possible. They will discuss the veneer process in detail and respond to any questions or concerns you have. Additionally, they will encourage you to be vocal with your thoughts and your smile goals and discuss these with you throughout the cosmetic dental consultation.

Next Steps

After the important details about your treatment have been discussed and outlined for you, scheduling follow-up appointments and procedures should be addressed, as well as a timeline for when treatment can start.

From there, all that’s left is deciding if the veneer treatment is right for you. With all your inquiries attended to, you should now have no problem reaching the final decision.

Benefits of Dental Veneers

The benefits of veneers are numerous. From providing you with a straighter and brighter smile to enhancing the shape and size of your teeth, veneers can provide both aesthetic and functional benefits. Here are some of the advantages that veneers offer patients:

  • Improved aesthetics – veneers can be custom-made to match the colour and shape of surrounding teeth for an even, natural look.
  • Increased longevity – veneer materials are durable and made to last, which means that veneers can often last 10-15 years or more with proper maintenance.
  • Stain resistance – Depending on your chosen material, veneers are resistant to staining from coffee, tea, wine, or other food sources.
  • Minimal discomfort – Although veneers require minimal preparation, they can be placed with little to no discomfort.
  • Improved oral health – Veneers can close gaps and address mild dental misalignments, making it easier for patients to brush and floss their teeth. This helps in improving the patient’s dental health.

Dental Veneer Procedure

The dental veneer procedure is usually completed in two separate appointments. Here’s the detailed step-by-step process for dental veneer procedures so you can get an idea of what to expect from the treatment:

  1. Initial Consultation: The dentist will first meet with patients to discuss their desired outcomes and expectations for the dental veneers. They will review any relevant medical history, evaluate the current condition of the teeth, and take x-rays as necessary.
  2. Preparing Teeth: The dentist will then prepare the teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel from the front surface of each tooth that will receive a veneer. This step is crucial to the treatment as it provides space for the veneer. This step usually requires local anesthesia, depending on the sensitivity of the patient’s teeth.
  3. Taking Impressions: Dental impressions of the prepared teeth are taken to create moulds for fabrication. These moulds are sent to a dental laboratory where your veneers will be custom-made according to size and shape specifications.
  4. Provisional Veneers: Provisional or temporary veneers are placed on prepared teeth to protect them until the final veneers arrive from the lab. 
  5. Placement of Final Dental Veneers: Once the final porcelain veneers arrive from the lab, they are checked for accuracy and colour matching before being securely bonded onto the surface of teeth with dental cement or a resin adhesive. The dentist will then double-check that they fit properly and adjust as needed before curing them with a special light to set the adhesive in place.
  6. Final Evaluation and Polishing: Once all porcelain veneers are securely placed on each tooth surface, the dentist will check for excess cement or adhesive to be removed, as well as the patient’s bite. Then, the veneers will be polished to make them bright and shiny.

The duration of an entire veneers procedure varies depending on the type of veneer chosen. Porcelain veneers procedures require 2-3 visits and may last a few weeks. Composite veneers treatment usually requires one dental appointment.

Aftercare

Investing in a set of veneers means committing to their continued health and well-being. For your dental veneers to serve you for many years, here are the essential aftercare instructions:

  • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to remove plaque buildup and food particles. Porcelain veneers may be resistant to decay, but the tooth underneath is still susceptible to cavities and decay. 
  • When brushing veneers, it is recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching them.
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods like ice, candy, or nuts that can crack veneers.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleaning. This will help keep veneers in good condition and help your dentist spot any issues before they become a problem.

 

By following these tips, you can be confident that your beautiful smile will last for a longer period of time. If you have any questions or concerns about veneer care after your cosmetic dental consultation, don’t hesitate to discuss it with your dentist. They will be able to provide you with personalised advice based on your individual needs and preferences.

Final Thoughts

Veneers can be an incredible way to transform your smile and boost confidence. But it is important to understand the care that veneers require before you make a decision. A veneer consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist can help provide you with all of the information you need to determine if veneers are right for you.

At Darch Dental Centre, we recognise how intimidating some dental treatments are. Thus, we are committed to offering our patients all the information they need to make knowledgeable and confident decisions regarding dental veneers.

Ready to take the first step to your dream smile? Schedule a consultation appointment with us now and see how our affordable, high-quality care can help improve your confidence!

 

Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho

Dr. Jon is a Perth-based dentist who graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 2005 from the University of Western Australia. He has worked at a range of dental practices, including being a partner and principal dentist for a group of five dental surgeries in Sydney. Dr. Jon has been practising for over a decade in the northern suburbs of Perth. He provides treatment for patients in Darch, Madeley, Landsdale, Kingsway, Kingsley, Marangaroo, Alexander Heights, Wangara, Ellenbrook, and others.

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