Why Are Temporary Veneers Important?

Written by Dr. Reuben
Published: 23-01-2022

If you’ve been doing research in cosmetic dentistry, you might have come across this term, “temporary veneers” or “trial veneers”. You might be wondering, what is it all about, and what does it do? I want to educate patients who are not sure what they are all about, and hopefully, help you along this journey.


Let’s put it this way. When you look at a shirt, or a dress, or a blouse, and you look at a mannequin and you see that it looks really nice on a model or on a mannequin. You still want to try it on first because you want to ensure that it will fit you. You want to feel how it feels, the texture, the fabric, how it actually hugs your body. That way you know that before you actually purchase the item, you’re going to get a really good result.

Temporary veneers are exactly the same. Before you embark on a permanent fixed solution to get a smile makeover (a smile makeover can involve veneers or crowns or composite veneers) and before you start the process of permanent cementation, you will actually want to see what the veneers look like! Or what the general smile makeover will look like. Because when it’s cemented permanently, it’s there for a long, long time. You’re looking at five, 10, 15, 20 years.

As a dentist, what I will do is I will take a mould of your teeth, do a blueprint of where the teeth should be in terms of alignment, the size and the shape. I will then use this to make a template of it, and fit it in your mouth. That way you can actually see what it looks like before you start any treatment. Your temporary veneers have two various purposes.

One, it allows us to check your phonetics. Phonetics meaning the way you talk, laugh and speak. Because if the template is too long or too short, we then can make adjustments on this temporary set of veneers. That’s a huge benefit in itself, because you don’t want to be getting your permanent veneers and making adjustments to it because that will potentially ruin it by causing cracks, chips or fractures. Temporary veneers allows us to actually do all of the adjustments before we finalize it. Secondly, it allows you to gain approval from your friends or family while you have the temporary veneers in your mouth for a few days or even up to two months. Doesn’t matter how long it takes. But at least you’ve got your friends and family, even yourself, to look in the mirror to decide what you do and don’t like. This means when the final result comes in, it’s going to be spot on to where you want it to be.

These are just some of the reasons why temporary veneers are so important in your cosmetic journey. It allows us to basically pinpoint areas of weaknesses or areas for improvement, so that when you get the final ones you’ll be exactly where you envisioned your smile to be. Hopefully I’ve managed to help you out in terms of what temporary veneers are, because we get these questions day in and day out!

If you find this information helpful or you know someone who’s actually looking into cosmetic dentistry and they don’t know what temporary veneers are, feel free to share this with them because it is our passion in the practice to help patients to get a dream smile. If I can help any one of you out there, it fulfils our mission in giving our patients a nice confident smile.