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Ask a Cosmetic Dentist: Can I Get Veneers Without Portions of Enamel Being Removed?
Cosmetic dentists often use veneers as part of their patients' smile makeovers. These are extra-thin shells that serve as covers for the front of your teeth. They are tooth-colored and hide imperfections on the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers are popular in Hollywood and other industries where having a great smile can make or break your career.
Does the installation of veneers always require the removal of enamel?
Most types of veneers require the removal of small portions of enamel. Cosmetic dentists do this to make sure the veneers do not make the patient's teeth appear abnormally large, as that defeats the purpose of getting veneers.
When a cosmetic dentist fits a patient with veneers, the goal is always to beautify their smile and make it look as natural as possible. Removing a small portion of enamel makes this possible.
How much enamel is removed depends on the type of veneers used. As a general rule, the portion of enamel removed from each tooth is about the same thickness as the veneer being used.
How veneers are installed
Getting veneers often involves about three trips to the dentist. During the first visit, the cosmetic dentist will go over the patient's concerns and come up with a solution. If veneers are the best option, the dentist will educate the patient about the procedure, especially the part about removing enamel.
It is a permanent process, and the tooth will always need to be protected with veneers or another dental prosthetic moving forward. The dentist will set a date for the preparation of the patient's teeth for veneers.
During the second appointment, the dentist will administer a shot of a local anesthetic and begin to prepare the patient's teeth for veneers. If the portion of enamel being removed does not go past the outermost layer of enamel, there is no need for any anesthetic.
Once the appropriate amount of enamel has been removed from each tooth that needs to be prepped, the dentist will take an impression or digital image of the patient's mouth. The cosmetic dentist will then design the patient's veneers, paying close attention to any considerations the patient has. The dentist will select the shape, size and length of the veneer to ensure that it enhances the patient's smile and blends in with the rest of their teeth. That information will be sent to a lab that makes veneers. The patient is fitted with temporary veneers and sent home.
During the third visit, the patient is fitted with their permanent, customized veneers. This completes the treatment. The dentist will likely schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor how the patient's gums are reacting to the prosthetics.
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