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Is It Possible to Preview My Veneers?

March 25th, 2024 | 4 min read

By NYC Smile Design

Dental veneers have emerged as a leading cosmetic treatment for those looking to enhance their smiles. A common question many patients have is whether they can preview what veneers could look like in their mouth and face before actually committing to treatment.

At NYC Smile Design, we understand the importance of visualizing your dream smile before making it a reality. Our experience crafting and placing dental veneers has shown us how valuable it is for patients to preview them. This process not only ensures that your new smile meets your expectations but also enhances your confidence in the decision to proceed with veneers. Through advanced techniques and personalized consultations, we strive to provide a glimpse into your future smile transformation, ensuring that each step toward your new smile is taken with confidence and clarity.

This blog aims to address this query, shedding light on the processes that allow for a sneak peek of your future smile.

Understanding Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth, improving their appearance. These cosmetic enhancements are used to address a variety of dental issues, including discolored, worn down, chipped, or misaligned teeth, underscoring their significance in cosmetic dentistry and smile makeovers.

Previewing Your Veneers: The Initial Process

The journey to your new smile begins with an in-depth consultation, where you can discuss your aesthetic goals, expectations, and desired outcomes with your dentist. You can describe your vision for your smile and express any concerns. Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination, review your previous dental records, and provide expert guidance on what is achievable based on your oral condition. Thanks to advancements in digital dentistry, this consultation can be enhanced by utilizing more detailed photos, videos, 3D scans of your teeth, and comprehensive 3D X-rays. These enhanced records are digitally merged to allow for a comprehensive preview of the veneer design, ensuring that it aligns with your unique needs and desired outcome. Further exploration of these innovative processes to preview your veneer design will be discussed in detail below.

Digital Smile Design (DSD)

Digital Smile Design (DSD) stands at the forefront of dental technology, offering a groundbreaking way to plan and visualize your smile transformation. DSD software lets your dentist design your new veneers virtually by superimposing your X-rays over high-resolution pictures and videos of your current smile. This digital preview is incredibly detailed, enabling you to see how veneers that change the shape and size of your teeth will look in your mouth and face. Because it is still in the digital phase of treatment planning, this allows you to provide feedback to your dentist. Your dentist, in turn, can explain the thought process of the design as it relates to healthy function and your aesthetic goals. Important information gleaned from the X-rays, videos, teeth scans, and photos can be explained and shown. This collaboration is key to ensuring the final design aligns with your preferences and will produce a healthy and well-functioning result.


Physical Mock-ups

In addition to the digital preview, physical mock-ups serve as a hands-on way to experience your future smile. These temporary overlays, made from a tooth-colored material, are crafted based on the veneer digital design and then placed on your existing teeth. This step is invaluable as it provides a realistic preview of the veneers’ appearance in your mouth, but more importantly, it allows you to see how the new smile affects your face and overall appearance. For this reason, it is meant to be seen in a photo or video not up close. Video and photos of you smiling and speaking with the mock-ups in place offer insights into the aesthetics of your future veneers and how they will make you feel about yourself. It’s a non-invasive way to “test-drive” your new smile and an important step in moving confidently toward your new smile.


Together, digitally designing your smile and physical mock-ups eliminates much of the guesswork associated with cosmetic dentistry. By previewing your veneers through these advanced techniques, you gain a comprehensive understanding of their potential impact on your smile and face. This process not only enhances your confidence in the decision to proceed with veneers but also ensures a higher level of satisfaction with the outcome.

Temporary Veneers

Once you are confident in the design you have previewed and committed to veneer treatment, your teeth will be carefully prepared for the final porcelain veneers. The design you have previewed will be used to make your temporary veneers. At a subsequent appointment, these temporary veneers will be reviewed to make any necessary tweaks, and you and your dentist will select the right level of brightness and whiteness that complements your skin tone and that you find pleasing. After the tweaking is completed, photos and videos will be done and sent to the master ceramist. From this preview of the temporary veneers, valuable feedback is given to the master ceramist to make your vision a reality.

Benefits of Previewing Veneers

The ability to preview your veneers before their final placement is a transformative aspect of modern cosmetic dentistry, offering profound benefits that enhance the entire treatment experience.

Empowerment Through Informed Decisions

The preview phase empowers you as a patient by providing a visual representation of your future smile. This visibility into the expected outcome allows you to make informed decisions about your smile transformation, ensuring that the path you choose aligns with your aesthetic goals and desires.

Customization to Perfect Your Smile

One of the most significant advantages of veneer previews is the ability to customize the appearance of your smile. During the preview stages, you have the opportunity to discuss and request adjustments in the shape, size, and color of your veneers. By working together, you and your dentist can make sure that every detail of your veneers is customized to complement your distinct smile, facial features, and personal tastes while supporting good health.


Increased Satisfaction with the Outcome

By previewing your veneers and actively participating in the customization process, you’re more likely to be fully satisfied with the result. This preview and adjustment phase helps to align your expectations with the outcome, significantly reducing the chances of post-procedure regrets or surprises. The ability to see and even physically feel what your veneers will look like makes certain that the final application is what you envisioned, leading to a smile that not only looks beautiful but feels right for you.

In essence, the benefits of previewing your veneers before their final application lie in the assurance and confidence it brings to your smile makeover journey. By being actively involved in the design of your new smile, you can look forward to the transformation with excitement and confidence, knowing that the final result will be as you imagined.

Making a Decision

Effective communication with your dentist is key to a successful veneer treatment. The ability to preview your veneers in the digital design process and before they are permanently affixed offers a reassuring glimpse into the potential of your smile makeover. This collaborative effort is a process that underscores the advancements in cosmetic digital dentistry, designed to ensure patient satisfaction and confidence in their treatment choices.

If you’re considering veneers and wish to explore how they can transform your smile, we invite you to schedule a consultation with NYC Smile Design. Our team is ready to guide you through a personalized preview of your veneers, helping you make an informed decision about your smile transformation.