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What to Expect When Getting Dental Veneers

Posted in cosmetic dentistry, Dental Care, and General Dentistry

Dental Veneers, the Path to a Dazzling Transformation

If you’re considering dental veneers to enhance your smile, you’re on the path to achieving a dazzling transformation. Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry option that can address a variety of dental imperfections, such as stained, chipped, or misaligned teeth. To help you prepare for the procedure, here’s a comprehensive guide on what to expect when getting dental veneers. For tips on maintaining dental veneers see our post “Cosmetic Dental Veneers”.

Initial Consultation

The first step in getting dental veneers is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mathews of Erbsville Dental. During this appointment, you will discuss your smile goals, and your dentist will assess your oral health to determine if veneers are a suitable option for you. X-rays and impressions of your teeth may be taken at this stage.

Treatment Planning

If veneers are the right choice for you, your dentist will work with you to create a customized treatment plan. You’ll have the opportunity to choose the veneer material (usually porcelain or composite resin) and shade to achieve the desired look. Sometimes it’s necessary to improve your dental health or fix a problem before veneers can become a viable option.

Tooth Preparation

To make room for the veneers and ensure a natural appearance, a small amount of enamel (usually less than a millimeter) will be removed from the front surface of the teeth receiving veneers. This process is generally painless and may require local anesthesia.


After tooth preparation, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are sent to a dental laboratory, where skilled technicians will craft your custom veneers to fit your teeth perfectly.

Temporary Veneers

While your permanent veneers are being fabricated, you may be fitted with temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth and maintain your appearance.

Veneer Placement

Once your custom veneers are ready, usually in a couple of weeks, you’ll return to the dental office for the placement procedure. Your dentist will carefully check the fit, color, and shape of each veneer before bonding them permanently to your teeth.


To attach the veneers to your teeth, a special adhesive is used. Your dentist will ensure that each veneer is precisely positioned and then use a curing light to harden the adhesive, securing the veneers in place.

Final Adjustments

After bonding, your dentist may make small adjustments to the veneers to ensure they feel comfortable and look natural. This may involve trimming or polishing the veneers.

Post-Procedure Care

Dental veneers require minimal maintenance. You should continue to practice good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Avoid biting into extremely hard objects and be mindful of staining foods and beverages. Veneers stain and chip like the way natural teeth do, so, continue to care for them as you would with natural teeth.

Enjoy Your New Smile

Once the procedure is complete, you can immediately enjoy the benefits of your new smile. Dental veneers are known for their durability and can last for many years with proper care.

Summary – What to Expect Dental Veneers?

It’s important to note that while dental veneers can provide a stunning smile makeover, they are not reversible, as a small amount of enamel is removed during the preparation process. Therefore, it’s crucial to consult with a qualified dentist who can guide you through the entire process and ensure that veneers are the right choice for your unique dental needs. Getting dental veneers is a multi-step process that involves careful planning and customization. With the right dentist and proper care, you can expect a long-lasting, beautiful smile transformation that boosts your confidence and improves your overall dental health.