The Process of Getting Veneers: What Does it Involve?

While the team at Shining Smiles are some of the biggest advocates you’ll ever find of keeping your natural teeth healthy, sometimes brushing, flossing, and regular dental exams aren’t enough to give you a perfect smile.

After all, the shape of your teeth (and to some extent the color) aren’t things that you can easily control.

If your smile isn’t quite what you want it to be (especially your front teeth), then porcelain veneers may be exactly what you’re looking for (note: if you’re unfamiliar with what veneers are, read the article below):

If you already have a general idea of what veneers are, but are looking for a more detailed explanation of the actual process involved in getting veneers, you’re in the right place!

Also, if you happen to be anywhere in the Northwest Atlanta area near Powder Springs, West Cobb or, Marietta, then Dr. Shaila Mohip-Chahwala would love to meet you and discuss whether or not veneers are a good treatment option for you!

1: Understand the Pros and Cons of Getting Veneers


We’re not here to sell you veneers. We’re here to tell you what you need to know to make an informed decision. If we didn’t tell you the good and the bad, we’d be doing you a disservice.

Here are a few pros and cons to consider:


  • eneers can fix a wide variety of dental issues including chipped, cracked, stained or broken teeth.

  • The veneers procedure is minimally invasive and almost completely painless. It’s not a complex surgery like when getting dental implants.

  • Veneers can be created with very precise, scientific measurements and laboratory technology so that the color and shade of your new veneers come out exactly as expected.

  • The process is relatively quick and can dramatically improve your smile and overall self-confidence.


  • Veneers are not the cheapest option. If you’re on a tight budget, financing is available through Care Credit. We also offer cosmetic dental bonding for patients who only have a slight issue that needs correcting.

  • Veneers are irreversible. Since removing a slight amount of tooth enamel is required, veneers are considered to an irreversible dental procedure.

  • Dr. Mohip-Chahwala and the rest of our incredible team at Shining Smiles are very honest and transparent regarding any procedure, and are happy to discuss any additional questions or concerns you have regarding veneers.

  • Our goal is for you to feel completely comfortable with any form of dental care before moving forward!

2: Your Consult with Dr. Mohip-Chahwala (to See if You’re a Good Candidate)

You can research porcelain veneers until you’re blue in the face, but nothing can replace a sit-down consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Mohip-Chahwala.

You’ll get the opportunity to meet Dr. Mohip-Chahwala (after all, it’s important that a dentist and patient get along, like each other, and are a good fit to work together), ask her questions about other similar cases she has done, and get any questions or concerns you have answered (and we expect you to ask questions! It’s a part of the process!).

Dr. Mohip-Chahwala will also give you a thorough examination to ensure that you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers, as well as discuss any other relevant options that may be better suited to what you’re looking to accomplish with your smile.

If you would like to book your consult with Dr. Mohip-Chahwala, just call our office (770-766-7473).

3: Prepping Your Veneers by Removing Enamel

If all goes well at your consult, and you decide to move forward with veneers, then Dr. Mohip-Chahwala will shave off the precise amount of tooth enamel required to ensure your veneer will fit nicely over your tooth.

The amount removed may be just a little thicker than an egg shell or a contact lens, and usually will not be more than 1/16th of an inch (in many cases, less than that).

Each patient is different, so how much enamel removal is required will depend on your unique circumstance.

4: Taking an Impression of Your Teeth (for an Ideal Fit)


Each veneer our patients receive are custom made by an off-site dental lab using high quality, dental grade porcelain that is light, thin, and strong. In order to get that perfect fit, we have to take a precise impression of the teeth your veneers are going to cover.

We place a thick paste into a tray, and then place the tray over your teeth snugly and securely to ensure a defined impression for the dental lab. Both the teeth you are getting veneers over and the surrounding teeth will be in this impression.

The turnaround time is typically pretty quick, and you’ll receive a temporary veneer(s) until your actual, custom made veneer arrives a few weeks later from the dental lab.

5: You and Dr. Mohip-Chahwala Choose the Right Color & Shape for Your Smile

One of the most fun parts for the patient and the dentist is “designing your new smile.” This involves selecting both the color, shape, and ideal translucency of your new veneers.

A key component of a great cosmetic restoration is ensuring the finished result looks natural. This is why you don’t just go for the whitest veneer you can find. Sure, you want beautiful white veneers, but they need to mimic the natural color, shape, and translucency of perfect teeth!

Dr. Mohip-Chahwala will show you pictures of veneers, as well as go through a “color wheel” that helps you to select the perfect shade for you.

6: Getting Your Temporary Veneer(s)

This is pretty straightforward, but important nonetheless. Before you leave our office (immediately after some of your enamel has been removed), we will bond a temporary veneer to the front of your tooth or teeth.

While it’s not the finished product, it will still look great, and you can continue to live your normal life until your new, custom veneers come in and are ready to be placed.

7: Placing & Bonding Your New Veneers

Once your custom, permanent veneers come back from the lab, it’s time to place them! After your temporary veneer is removed, the permanent veneer (or veneers) will be placed.

You and Dr. Mohip-Chahwala will both evaluate their shape, color, and fit to ensure they are exactly what you’re looking for. Once you and Dr. Mohip-Chahwala both approve, the veneers will be permanently bonded!

In some cases, small modifications need to be made to a veneer once it comes back from the lab (such as a slight change in shape). If this is the case, Dr. Mohip-Chahwala will make the necessary changes, or send back to the lab if needed (although this seldom happens because we only work with the best dental labs in the country and their quality control standards are rigorous).

Time for a Porcelain Veneers Consultation?

Now that you know a little bit more about the process of getting porcelain veneers, is it time for your consultation?

We know it’s a big step, and we know that choosing a veneers dentist in Marietta is a big decision.

We want you to know that at Shining Smiles we never, ever pressure anyone during a consultation. It’s simply an opportunity to meet Dr. Mohip-Chahwala (and the rest of our team), discuss your options, and see if there is good synergy.

You’ll never feel forced or obligated to do anything you don’t want to do, and there is never, ever a “hard sell” of any kind. So if you’re ready to get off the proverbial fence and take the first step toward seeing if veneers are right for you, give our practice a call today, or contact us right here on our website!