During a cosmetic consult, you’ll come in for an exam with Dr. Cowdin where she will take a look at the overall health of your teeth, listen to the goals for your smile and provide guidance on treatment options. From there we will establish a plan and take a 3D digital scan of your mouth. The lab will use that scan to build a digital version of your perfect smile. These digital renderings are 3D printed in our office and used as the template for your temporaries. You are able to see the 3D printed version and your temporaries before we begin prepping your teeth for permanent placement!
During Step 2 of the process, you’ll have your second appointment where we prepare your teeth for the veneers. We pride ourselves in our conservative approach to veneers by removing less than half a millimeter of your tooth structure, which is roughly the depth of a fingernail. This allows us to create the proper surface for a permanent veneer bond. If there are existing fillings, bondings, or cavities, they will be removed to achieve a smooth, long- lasting bond with the tooth. We then place a set of temporary veneers that mimic what the final set will look like. Our patients enjoy this part of the process because it allows them time to get used to their new smile before everything becomes permanent. During this time patients will have the opportunity to request adjustments to size or shape before we build the final veneer set!
If we are completing more in depth treatment such as crowns, implants, or a full mouth rehabilitation, the steps are similar and the preparation appointment happens in the same way. You will leave the appointment with temporaries that will mimic what your final restorations will look like. Placement of implants will usually happen at this appointment as well.
At the end of this appointment we will take a final scan of the preparations and send that to the lab for them to begin fabricating the final teeth.
We will have you back in two weeks to check on your teeth to make sure everything still feels good and there are no adjustments needed! Once we have the thumbs up from you, then we take your official after shots so you can see just how far your smile has come. Then we send you on your way- try not to miss us too much!