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What to Expect When Getting Dental Veneers: A Guide

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Model of dental veneers on a table

Dental veneers are thin shells placed on the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They are commonly used to cover teeth that are discolored, chipped, or misaligned.

If you’re considering getting dental veneers, it’s essential to understand the process involved. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the steps you’ll need to take to get dental veneers.

Consultation with a Veneer Dentist

The first step in getting dental veneers is to schedule a consultation with a veneer dentist. During this appointment, the dentist will examine your teeth and determine whether veneers are the best option. They will also discuss the different types of veneers available and help you choose the best material for your needs.

Preparing the Teeth

Once you’ve decided to move forward with veneers, the next step is to prepare your teeth. This process involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the front surface of each tooth that will be receiving a veneer.

This is done to make room for the veneer so it doesn’t look too bulky or unnatural. The amount of enamel that needs to be removed will depend on the veneer’s thickness.

Making Impressions

After your teeth have been prepared, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be used to create custom veneers that match the size and shape of your natural teeth. The dentist will also select a shade of veneer that matches the color of your natural teeth or the shade you desire.

Temporary Veneers

While your custom veneers are being created, the dentist will place temporary veneers on your teeth. These temporary veneers are made of composite resin and are designed to protect your teeth and provide a preview of what your new smile will look like. You’ll wear these temporary veneers until your custom veneers are ready.

Placement of Veneers

Once your custom veneers are ready, you’ll return to the dentist’s office to have them placed. The dentist will remove the temporary veneers and clean your teeth to prepare them for the new veneers. They will then place the veneers on your teeth and use a special light to harden the adhesive that holds them in place.

Final Adjustments

After placing your veneers, the dentist will make any final adjustments to ensure they fit correctly and look natural. They may also polish the veneers to give them a smooth, shiny finish.

Caring for Your Veneers

Once your veneers have been placed, it’s essential to take good care of them to ensure that they last as long as possible. This includes brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding hard or sticky foods that could damage the veneers. You should also visit your veneer dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.


Getting dental veneers is a relatively simple process that can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. By consulting with a veneer dentist, preparing your teeth, making impressions, placing temporary veneers, placing the final veneers, and making final adjustments, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted. It’s important to take good care of your veneers to ensure they last as long as possible. With proper care, your veneers can last for many years and give you the confidence to show off your smile.

Work with a veneer dentist you can trust at Danvers Aesthetic Family Dentistry. You can rely on our experienced team to provide personalized care and attention to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how dental veneers can transform your smile.

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