Smile Design Steps Towards Porcelain Veneers

The multi-step process towards a new smile with porcelain veneers

Steps Towards a New Smile with Porcelain Veneers

This image shows a diagnostic wax-up of a new smile. The new contours and forms are fully integrated into maxillomandibular mechanics. However, it has not been tested in the patient's mouth for its integration into soft-tissue function, such as speech and lip closure path. The porcelain veneers, as shown on the model below, were designed during the test phase of the temporary veneers that were copies of the diagnostic wax-up.

The Ten Essential Steps To A New and Happy Smile:

  1. Consultation cosmetic dentist to discuss problems, concerns, and goals. Evaluation of current dental condition, oral function, and facial aesthetics. Collection of all necessary records, including photographic and radiographic images.
  2. Meeting to discuss findings and answer any questions that patient may have. Develpoment of common goals, realistic expectations, and treatment plan.
  3. Dental impressions of upper and lower teeth. Bite record. Facial records.
  4. Fabrication of dental model work and a diagnostic mock-up, also called wax-up, as a reference for the future design of the porcelain restorations.
  5. Review of the model work and diagnostic mock-up of tooth form and proportions.
  6. Preparation of teeth involved. Master impressions of prepared teeth, bite record, facial records taken. Transfer of diagnostic mock-up as acrulic temporary restorations into patient's mouth via matrices.
  7. Meeting to review the intraoral mock-up. Discuss any functional and/or aesthetic concerns, which will be immediately addressed.
  8. Once the intraoral mock-up fullfills patient's expectations and feel completely comfortable, all pertinent information will be sent to the dental lab. This includes the desired overall shade, the degree of incisal translucencies, and the desired dental line angles.
  9. Insertion of completed dental porcelain restorations. Fine tuning of bite relationships.
  10. Follow-up meeting to ensure complete patient satisfaction.

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