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What Happens During the Veneers Process?

What Happens During the Veneers Procedure?

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What Happens During the Veneers Procedure

If you have ever felt self-conscious about your smile, you owe it to yourself to ask our Holland dentist about the veneers procedure. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells adhered to the fronts of your teeth that show when you smile or talk.

Many of our patients at Macatawa Smiles report having better confidence after restoring their smiles with dental veneers.

Here’s what you need to know.

Am I a Candidate for Veneers?

You may be a candidate for dental veneers if you have small chips, cracks, and other minor imperfections in front teeth. Veneers are also great for patients who have stains on their teeth that don’t respond to whitening. Our dentist would only have to remove a thin layer from the fronts of your teeth to make room for the veneers. This is much less invasive than how we prepare teeth for dental crowns or other restorations.

Consultation with Cosmetic Dentist

The first step of any smile makeover is to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist. During your consultation, our dentist will be able to determine if you are a candidate for front teeth veneers.

Veneers are able to correct:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Chipped teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Irregularly-shaped teeth

In some cases, veneers may not be an option to fix your smile. While porcelain veneers are perfect for chipped tooth repair, our cosmetic dentist may recommend a dental crown for a tooth made fragile after a large filling. The goal of cosmetic dentistry is always to find the best way to restore your smile. For this reason, our dentist may take impressions of your teeth or take dental x-rays to determine the right treatment plan for your smile. Check out our blog post on the 5 benefits of porcelain veneers.

Teeth are Prepped for Veneers

During your first appointment, our dentist will prepare the fronts of the receiving teeth for veneers. Since veneers are bonded to the fronts of your teeth, our dentist will need to remove enough enamel so your teeth don’t look big and bulky. While most of our patients don’t need local anesthesia for this step, you should let our dentist know if you experience any dental pain or discomfort.

After enough enamel has been removed, our dentist will take dental impressions that will be sent to the lab that will be making your veneers. Your dental veneers should be ready in about one to two weeks. In the meantime, our dentist will put temporary veneers over your teeth.

Veneers are Bonded to Fronts of Teeth

When you come back for the next stage of the veneers process, our dentist will check the size, shape, and color of your new veneers. Don’t be worried if our dentist needs to make slight adjustments to the fit of the porcelain veneers. This is a normal part of the process that ensures your veneers will fit perfectly to the contours of your teeth. Our dentist will also make sure that the color of your veneers matches your natural tooth enamel.

Next, our dentist will clean, polish, and etch the fronts of your receiving teeth. This is done so your teeth create a strong bond with the veneers. Our dentist will use a special dental cement to bond the cosmetic veneers to the fronts of your teeth. As a final step, our dentist will check your bite before sending you home with your new smile.

Learn More About the Veneers Procedure

Dr. Brenton Habecker at Macatawa Smiles is dedicated to helping patients achieve their best smiles. If you are interested in learning more about any of our dental treatments or scheduling an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Holland, MI, call our office at (616) 396-7524.

This blog post has been updated.


Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team