If you want a picture-perfect smile, veneers may be the solution for you. Attaching the thin shells to the front sides of your teeth instantly hides several aesthetic flaws, like chips, gaps, and discoloration. Although they can provide the results you want, they are a big investment because a small amount of enamel will need to be removed. Since it can’t regenerate, it’s normal to be concerned about how much enamel needs to be removed for veneers. Modern veneers are thinner than ever, so you’ll keep more of your tooth when achieving the smile of your dreams.
Why Is Enamel Removed for Veneers?
Porcelain has revolutionized veneers because it closely mimics enamel for natural-looking results. It also makes veneers very thin to remove less enamel, so the procedure is less invasive. Etching the surfaces of your teeth ensures there aren’t any uncomfortable ridges that can irritate the soft tissues in your mouth. Your veneers will fit your teeth like a glove to look completely natural.
How Much Enamel Will Be Removed?
Your dentist will strive to be as conservative as possible when preparing your teeth for veneers. They’ll consider several things when determining how much to remove, such as if your teeth have deep ridges. Typically, they shave off about 0.5mm to ensure a good balance between cosmetics and preserving your tooth.
Although your cosmetic dentist will have to take off some enamel, it doesn’t harm the health of your tooth. However, since your enamel won’t grow back, your teeth will always need to be covered by restorations, whether veneers or crowns. Thankfully, veneers don’t have to be replaced very often if you care for them correctly.
How Long Will Veneers Last?
You don’t want to alter your teeth permanently for a procedure that’s only going to last for a few years. Don’t worry, your commitment to veneers allows you to enjoy a stunning smile for a decade or more, but it’s not unusual for them to thrive for much longer.
You can promote the longevity of your new smile by using nonabrasive dental products to avoid scratching your veneers. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and use high-quality dental floss at night. Your dentist will recommend avoiding hard or sticky foods to prevent cracks or fractures. You should also limit your alcohol consumption because it can weaken the bonding material between the veneers and your teeth.
You can safeguard your stunning smile from preventable damage by wearing an athletic mouthguard if you play sports and keeping inedible objects out of your mouth, including your fingernails. With a few simple changes, you can enjoy a confident, vibrant smile for years.
About Dr. Sammi Hadad
Dr. Hadad earned her dental degree from the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School and a master’s in public health from the University of Utah. She has undergone extensive continuing education to offer advanced services, like cosmetic dentistry. If you’re ready to revamp your smile, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.