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Trying The Prototype Before Plunging In: 3 Temporary Veneer Features You Should Love Before Getting Permanent Ones

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Cosmetic dentists can help you obtain the perfect smile using veneers. Traditional porcelain veneers are relatively expensive and can cost anywhere from $925 to $2,500 per tooth; however, they can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Before fitting the permanent porcelain veneers onto your teeth, most cosmetic dentists will recommend trying on temporary veneers for the time-being. Temporary veneers are typically made from acrylic resin and stay on your teeth for 5 to 10 days until the porcelain veneers are made. The temporary veneers should look and fit almost identically to the permanent ones, so you can take this time to determine whether any changes need to be made. In particular, you want to think long and hard about whether you absolutely love these 3 features.

The Shade and Hue of the Veneers

Porcelain veneers will not stain; however, they cannot be bleached. This means that what you see is what you get. If you're unhappy with the shade and color of your veneers, there's nothing that can be done once the permanent ones are installed. You'll have to remove and replace the veneers with new ones if you ever change your mind and want a whiter or brighter smile.

Before getting veneers, you should get your teeth whitened first to the shade and hue that you like. The cosmetic dentist will give you a shade guide to determine what your ideal teeth color is. Professional teeth whitening treatments can whiten your teeth by up to 16 shades. Once you're happy with the color of your teeth, the shade and the hue of the veneers will be designed to match the natural teeth that has been whitened. This way, you won't have to worry that your veneers will be a noticeably different color from your natural teeth.

The Individual Shape of Each Teeth

Another important feature to think about is the shape of each tooth. After getting the temporary veneers installed, you'll want to take a good look at your smile to determine whether you are happy with the shape of each veneer. Surprisingly, the shape of your teeth can really transform your face and the image that you project onto others.

For example, rectangular central incisors with rounded corners will make you look younger than square incisors with squared corners. Longer incisors that are 10 to 12 millimeters in length will also make your smile look younger, as people tend to lose 1 to 5 millimeters of incisor length as they age. The shape of your canines can also change the way others see you. Pointier and more prominent canines are usually associated with more aggressive personalities, whereas flattened or rounded canines are usually associated with more passive personalities.

The Comfort and Practicality of the Final Bite Achieved

While you should expect your temporary veneers to be rather uncomfortable at first, you should also pay attention to whether they change your overall bite. Once the veneers are fitted, making adjustments to your overall bite will be difficult, so you'll want to get braces or make subtle adjustments before taking that next step.

If you are unhappy or uncomfortable with the bite, the cosmetic dentist can make subtle adjustments and changes by either removing more or less of the enamel on your teeth to change the way that the veneers fit. If you find that the temporary veneers are not very comfortable, your cosmetic dentist may want to reevaluate your bite to determine whether there are any issues that they may have missed during the consultation.


Before committing to porcelain veneers, make sure that you are happy with the temporary ones that are fitted first. You'll get a good idea regarding how your final smile will look like through the temporary veneers, and you can take this opportunity to make changes to the porcelain ones before it's too late. For more information, contact an experienced dentist like David Jackson, DDS.