You Asked, We Answered: How Much Enamel Needs to Be Removed for Veneers?
August 27, 2021
From minor chips to permanent discoloration, there is one cosmetic dental treatment that can address all kinds of imperfections: veneers. Over the years, this smile-transforming service has become one of the most sought-after procedures due to its versatility, longevity, and lifelike results. With that being said, it’s important to know that a portion of your teeth will need to be removed. But how much enamel needs to be removed for veneers exactly? Keep reading for the answer!
So, How Much Enamel Needs to Be Removed for Veneers?
Hearing that a portion of your enamel will be removed prior to the placement of your veneers can be somewhat alarming at first. However, it’s important to remember that the majority of your tooth’s structure will be preserved. After all, you need a healthy, strong tooth for the veneer to adhere to! As a result, the amount removed during the preparation process is minimal. Don’t worry – this will be discussed in-depth during your initial consultation. That way, you know exactly what to expect during every step of the process.
Why Does Enamel Need to Be Removed for Veneers?
Veneers are essentially shells of porcelain designed to effectively conceal minor misalignment, chips, stains, and more. Although they are thin, they would look unnatural and bulky if simply placed over your unaltered teeth. To prevent that from happening, a portion of your enamel will be removed – it’s a key component of the natural-looking results! In short, the preparation process will ensure they are flush with your other teeth, giving you the beautiful smile you’re looking for.
What Happens After the Enamel Has Been Removed?
Once your teeth have been prepped, your cosmetic dentist will take impressions of your mouth. With all the details of your dream smile in tow, they will send them to the lab artisans who will meticulously craft your veneers. In the meantime, we’ll provide you with a temporary set so you can “test drive” your new and improved smile. After a few weeks have passed, you’ll come back to our office to have your permanent set bonded to your teeth.
While a portion of your enamel will be removed prior to getting your veneers, it’s important to remember that the majority of your tooth’s structure will remain in place. In short, it’s no reason to pass on the smile of your dreams!
About the Practice
Led by our incredible dentists, Dr. Jaclyn Jensen and Dr. Tiara Applequist, our team at Renu Dental are united behind one mission: to provide you with a smile that is as healthy as it is beautiful. As a result, we always take a conservative approach, create personalized treatment plans, and are meticulous in everything we do. If you’re unhappy with your smile and think that veneers may be the solution, then don’t hesitate to visit our website or give us a call at 218-281-1301. Our team would be happy to answer all of your questions pertaining to this smile-transforming treatment!
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