Fitting your teeth with veneers can be performed in as few as two dental visits. At your first appointment, your dentist will shave down your teeth to make room for the veneers. While your dentist works with a lab to custom design your new restorations, temporary plastic veneers can be made for you chairside.
Pre Veneers: Six to Nine Months Before Treatment
If your smile is full of spaces or overlapping teeth, you may want to consider orthodontics first. “I sometimes recommend orthodontic work before veneers so I don’t have to remove all the enamel. I can prep the teeth much more conservatively, keeping more of the natural tooth intact,” says New York, NY, cosmetic dentist Dr. Timothy Chase. “This gives a more aesthetic result because you're not faking it as much.”
Eight Weeks Before Treatment
Whiten your teeth professionally. This will allow you to go brighter since your natural teeth have to match your veneers to a certain degree.
First visit: Go over what you want your new smile to look like and get an evaluation for oral health issues. Your dentist may also take some before photos. “If you're distracted by something in the picture (messy hair or lack of lipstick for example) you may have difficulty evaluating your smile properly,” says Duxbury, MA, cosmetic dentist Andrew Wiemeyer, DDS. Impressions will be made to create a prototype of your proposed veneers.
Second visit: Review with your dentist simulated images of different styles on before photos, and/or review the wax-up of your proposed veneers. If you opted for a “trial smile” it should also be ready for you to test it out and make any adjustments. Test out your trial smile and make any adjustments. “It’s kind of like trying on a dress. A trial smile is like going to the store and trying the dress on instead of looking at photos and buying it online,” says The Woodlands, TX, cosmetic dentist Guy Lewis, DDS. “Until you see that smile on yourself, it’s hard to imagine the result.” Once you decide you like it, your veneers will be copied after the trial smile. Some dentists with on-site labs combine this with the first visit.
Third visit: Preparations and impressions are made to construct your veneers. You will probably receive temporary veneers made so you will look good while your permanent veneers are being made.
Fourth visit: Your veneers should be ready for placement. You’ll try them on for one last look before they are bonded. The teeth will be etched so that the bonding material sets the veneers permanently in place.