How Teeth Are Prepared for Veneers: Enhancing Your Smile

Veneers are being placed onto prepared teeth

Are you looking to transform your smile and regain your confidence?

One of the most effective and popular cosmetic dentistry procedures for achieving a stunning smile is getting veneers.

This post will explore porcelain veneer application techniques and the advantages of this transformative dental procedure.

What are veneers?

Veneers are ultra-thin porcelain shells that adhere to the front of your teeth.

They are designed to improve the appearance of your teeth by covering imperfections such as chips, cracks, discoloration, gaps, and uneven heights.

Veneers offer a minimally invasive and highly versatile solution for achieving a flawless smile.

The benefits of veneers

Veneers can be a great way to get the beautiful smile you deserve:

  • Enhanced smile: Veneers can dramatically improve your appearance by correcting dental imperfections of all kinds.
  • Natural look: Veneers are designed to mimic the natural color, shape, and translucency of your specific teeth, providing a seamless and natural-looking result.
  • Stain resistance: Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to stains, allowing you to enjoy a bright and vibrant smile for years.
  • Durable and long-lasting: With proper care and maintenance, veneers can last a decade or more, making them a worthwhile investment in oral health and self-confidence.
  • Minimally invasive: Compared to other cosmetic dental procedures, veneers require only the slightest amount of enamel removal, preserving your natural teeth’s overall health and integrity.
  • Instant transformation: Veneers can instantly transform your smile, providing immediate results and boosting your self-esteem.

How Are Teeth Shaped for Veneers?

Getting veneers starts with a thorough examination and consultation with your dentist.

Once you have decided to proceed with veneers, the following steps are typically involved in preparing your teeth:

Treatment planning & scanning: Your dentist will create a personalized treatment plan, taking into account your desired outcome and the specific characteristics of your teeth. Your dentist will focus on what you want to change and what you want to improve your smile.

Tooth shaping: Based on the improvements we want to make with your smile, the dentist and lab technician will create a diagnostic mock-up, a blueprint for your final veneers. The dentist will use this as a guide to evaluate if any preparation and shaping of the teeth is necessary. Most commonly, a small amount of enamel is gently removed from the front surface of the teeth. This ensures that the veneers fit seamlessly and appear light enough and thick enough. This shaping does not harm the overall health of your teeth.

Scans: After tooth preparation, the dentist captures a three-dimensional impression of your teeth using an intraoral scanner. This is digitally sent to our ceramist, which is used to design and customize your veneers.

Temporary veneers & creation: While your permanent veneers are being designed and crafted, you will receive temporary veneers to protect your teeth and let you test-drive your new smile.

Veneer placement: Once your permanent veneers are ready, your dentist will place them and adjust their fit, shape, color, and bite function to meet your expectations. The veneers are then carefully bonded to your teeth using a strong dental adhesive, creating a beautiful and durable result.


Veneers present an excellent opportunity to transform your smile, boost your self-confidence, and require far less prep time than many assume.

Veneers effectively address dental imperfections such as chips, cracks, and discoloration, providing a natural-looking, durable, and esthetic solution.

Every step of the process is tailored to your desires to make sure you’re entirely comfortable and happy with the result.

Once you have your new veneers, you can keep them radiant for years to come by maintaining proper oral hygiene and scheduling regular dental checkups.

Consult with Dr. Lexi Lippe and The Gorman Center for Fine DentistryThis link leads to Home page team to create a personalized treatment plan and unlock a newfound self-assurance through a radiant smile.

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The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry is located in North Oaks, MN, and welcomes patients from all surrounding areas and those around the country.

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