Cosmetic dentists know that the most esthetic veneers are also the ones that involve a certain degree of modification to the natural enamel of teeth. In most cases, 6 to 10 teeth on an arch are artistically shaped to ideal contours so that a thin porcelain veneer can be bonded in a harmonious balance between form and function.
The benefit of having veneers is that your smile will be instantly transformed into the one you’ve always dreamed about – with the ability to control the shape, color, and translucency.
However, even though preparations are minimal, veneers must be considered irreversible with an average life expectancy of 15 years. Wouldn’t it be great to have veneers without so much”drilling” and to leave more tooth structures intact? Wouldn’t it be better to not grind at all? The answer is not that simple.
With advancements in technology, ultra thin veneers have become very popular in the field of cosmetic dentistry. They can be made as thin as 0.3mm.
But be careful! Unless your natural teeth are small and naturally have spaces between the teeth, randomly placing these without proper screening and designing will lead to overbulked restorations that often look way too big. Other problems such as lip strain/protrusions have also been reported.
There are great uses for ultra thin veneers for those fitting the criteria. There are several minimal preparation and “no-prep” ceramic veneer options including Lumineers and Vivaneers for patients seeking an alternative to traditional dental veneers. Benefits include minimal prepping and bonding entirely on enamel which has a much higher bond strength as well as less sensitivity.
Minimal preparation veneers may be suitable for patients seeking to address a number of cosmetic dental conditions, including:
If you would like to see if you are a candidate for a veneer procedure, come see us for a thorough exam and to discuss your specific cosmetic dental needs. We will be more than happy to sit down and explain the various cosmetic dentistry options available.