My Three-Year Smile Makeover Anniversary: The Process of Getting Veneers


Hello again, it’s Dr. Catrise Austin, and today I’m diving deep into the process of getting veneers, sharing my personal journey and professional insights with you.

When I decided to get veneers three years ago, the first step was a comprehensive consultation. For anyone considering a smile makeover, this is crucial. I consulted with my gum specialist to ensure my gums were healthy and I had no cavities. Then, I knew I was ready to proceed.

One of the key concerns people have about veneers is the alteration of their natural teeth. Let me clarify this: veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that cover only the front surface of your teeth, unlike crowns that cover the entire tooth. This means we only need to trim a minimal amount of your tooth structure. For my procedure, we used a laser for a gum lift and minimal drilling, making the process less invasive and more comfortable.

Here’s a look at my gums and teeth before and after the laser treatment and minimal drilling. The transformation is evident—my teeth look longer, my gums are less prominent, and the overall aesthetics improved drastically.

Dr. Catrise Austin’s smile before veneers: Short and discolored teeth with a gummy smile

Porcelain veneers visit 1: teeth prepared and gums have been recontoured with a laser


I also want to address the temporary veneers. When you get veneers, you initially wear temporary ones, which give you a preview of the final look. These temps are not as durable or stain-resistant as the permanent veneers, so you have to be careful with them. I wore mine for about a month, longer than usual, because I got my veneers done at NYU’s Aesthetic Advantage course. This extended wait was due to the training nature of the program, but it was worth it.

Temporary veneers after visit 1

Once the permanent veneers were ready, I went back for the final step. The dentist tries on the veneers with temporary glue first to ensure they fit perfectly. This is your chance to request adjustments. Make sure you’re happy with the look and fit before the permanent glue is applied. Veneers, when bonded correctly, can last a lifetime with proper care.

Porcelain veneer visit 2: final veneers placed

If you grind your teeth or have other habits that could damage your veneers, a mouth guard is essential. Just like with natural teeth, you need to maintain good oral hygiene and protect your investment.

I hope this insight into my veneer process helps you understand what to expect. You can watch my entire smile makeover here. If you’re considering a smile makeover, don’t hesitate to start with a consultation. A beautiful smile can change your life!

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