Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS Dr. Jason M. Justison, DMD
Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Wilmington, DE

Do you put on “temporary” teeth while the veneers are being made? I’ve had temporaries that did not look good and I don’t want to walk around with ugly teeth for 2 weeks.

Temporaries are typically required after preparing teeth for veneers or crowns. I usually try to make my temporaries close in size, length, and color to the proposed permanent teeth. This gives us a “dress rehearsal” and allows the patient to try the changes before fabricating the final porcelain restorations. The technician uses the temporaries as a blueprint for fabricating the final restorations, as changes can be made easily to the temporaries. The temporaries usually look really nice – but not as nice as the permanent teeth!