Addressing Common Concerns before Your First Veneer Preparation Appointment

You've decided veneers are the answer to your dental woes, and you've scheduled your first appointment to have your teeth measured and prepared for the veneers. While having veneers applied is a pretty simple process, you may still have some concerns leading up to this appointment. Here's a look at some common concerns patients have before their initial veneer fitting appointment, and a little information to ease those worries.

Will it hurt when the dentist shaves off the tooth enamel?

For many patients, the scariest aspect of having veneers applied is the fact that a little enamel must be shaved off the teeth in order for the veneers to stick. Though this process may feel a bit awkward (your teeth may buzz and vibrate), it won't be painful because only the very surface of your teeth will be scraped off. Your teeth might be a bit sensitive between this first appointment and the second appointment during which your veneers are applied, but as long as you avoid hot and cold foods, you'll be fine.

Who chooses the color of the veneers -- the patient or the dentist?

Since getting veneers is a cosmetic procedure, the color is really up to you. Your dentist probably will recommend a shade that he or she thinks will look most natural and appealing with your existing teeth and facial complexion. You should keep in mind that this recommendation is based on experience. However, if you really want a darker or lighter shade of veneers than what your dentist recommends, just say so. You'll be wearing these veneers for years to come, so it's important that you really love them.

How long will you have to wait between this first appointment and having the veneers applied?

The purpose of this first appointment is to make a mold of your teeth and choose the right color and size for the veneers. The dentist will then send this information to a lab, where the veneers will be custom-made for you. As soon as the veneers make their way back to your dentist, you can have them applied in a quick, second appointment. Usually, it only takes a week or so for your dentist to receive the veneers, but if the lab or your dentist is very busy, you may need to wait a little longer.

The first appointment to be fitted for your veneers should not take longer than 30–60 minutes. When you leave the office, you can walk with confidence, knowing that after just one more session, you'll finally have the smile of your dreams. For more information on veneers, talk to a professional like Pitts Patrick M.