Cosmetic Dentistry |5 min read

What Do Temporary Veneers Look Like?

Temporary veneers, sometimes called trial veneers, look just like natural teeth and are used to give you an idea of what your perfect smile could look like.

They’re adjusted and reshaped to your liking, so your final and permanent veneers can be made to look exactly like your temporaries.

As a cosmetic dentist in Columbia, SC, Dr. Justin Griffin has 20+ years of experience helping patients achieve their dream smile, thanks to porcelain veneers.

And part of the process to ensure his patients love their smiles is creating temporary veneers that look just as nice as the permanent veneers.

Take a look at his patient’s smile:

A comparison with and without temporary veneers

Those are temporary veneers the patient is wearing while she waits for her permanent veneers.

You probably wouldn’t be able to tell she’s wearing temporaries, right?


If you’re considering veneers, it’s crucial you get the information you need to make the right decision on your smile makeover.

And we’re going to focus on temporary veneers in this blog, including:

  • What they are
  • Why you need them
  • What to expect with the entire veneers process
  • Whether or not you can eat with temp veneers on

What is a temporary veneer?

A temporary veneer is a thin acrylic covering that is cemented over your natural tooth and is used to improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile.

It’s similar to a thin oak veneer that is glued over a pine bedroom dresser.

They can be made of acrylic or composite resin and look much like permanent porcelain veneers.

Why do you need temporary veneers?

Temporary veneers give you a chance to have some real-world experiences living with your new smile while still being able to make any adjustments before placing your permanent veneers.

Other reasons include:

  • Protection – After the preparation for the veneers, your teeth might be sensitive to hot or cold food and drink. The temporary veneers act as a protective barrier.
  • Trial run – Having temporaries lets you make sure you like the veneers’ size, shape, and color before we create the permanent (and more expensive) versions. It’s much easier to make changes to the temporaries.

Why get veneers?

There are many benefits to opting for porcelain veneers.

Some teeth are only slightly misshapen or discolored due to a past injury.

It wouldn’t make sense to put a whole crown on this tooth just because it isn’t cosmetically pretty.

This is where veneers work their magic. If a tooth is otherwise sound, a veneer is placed over the front to gently reshape it or change its color.

You might want veneers if your teeth have gaps in between them or if there is a small crack or chip in the enamel.

Veneers help preserve the remaining tooth structure and only remove a very small amount of enamel while leaving much of the tooth untouched.

Click below to see some veneer before-and-after pictures:


What can you expect with the entire veneers process?

After you decide to get veneers, your first visit will be a consultation. Dr. Griffin will make diagnostic models of your teeth and take digital dental photographs (lots of photographs).

He’ll ask you about your goals for your smile and then take you to the studio to do a full photoshoot.

Dr. Griffin will have his lab make a wax model of your veneers to show you exactly what they will look like before he touches a single tooth in your mouth.

He’ll make temporary veneers, which he’ll cement onto your teeth during your second appointment.

Don’t worry. Your temporary veneers will look just as nice as the permanent veneers!

Once you have lived with the temporaries and you and Dr. Griffin have made any necessary changes, he will have you back to bond the permanent veneers into place.

Learn more about porcelain veneers below:


Can you eat with temporary veneers?

Yes! You can enjoy many of the same foods you have always wanted; you just might need to modify how you eat them.

The acrylic or composite resin used to make temporaries is strong but not as strong as the permanent veneer and certainly not as strong as your natural tooth.

Cutting up an apple instead of biting into it directly, for example, will help reduce the risk of chipping or breaking your temporary veneers.

Other foods you may want to cut up or avoid altogether while wearing temporaries are:

  • Tough meat
  • Crusty bread
  • Raw vegetables like carrots
  • Red wine
  • Lemons and other citrusy foods
  • Popcorn
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candies and ice
  • Foods that stain easily like coffee, tea, ketchup, soda, and tomato-based foods
  • Sticky food like caramels and gum

Why choose Dr. Justin Griffin for porcelain veneers?

Dr. Justin Griffin is a master of cosmetic and restorative dentistry in Columbia, SC. Known for his gentle approach and extraordinary results, patients travel from out of state just to seek his care.

Dr. Griffin’s mission is to help you smile more on the outside and the inside.

His skill as a cosmetic dentist is only one reason why he is an award-winning dentist.

Dr. Griffin is obsessed with continuing education and has taken many courses at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute…Open a new window to the LVI website…, considered to be one of the best post-graduate cosmetic dentistry learning institutes in the world.

To help him deliver the highest level of care to you, he uses the latest technology and the best materials in dentistry.

He has helped hundreds of patients over his 20 years in practice and can’t wait to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

Schedule an appointment with our smile artist and see if veneers are the right choice for you.




WildeWood Aesthetic Dentistry is conveniently located in Columbia, SC…Click to open directions on Google Maps…. We happily welcome patients from the neighboring communities of Irmo, Lexington, Camden, Blythewood, and Elgin, SC. We also serve patients from out of state.