Prepping Teeth For Veneers – Is Shaving Enamel Necessary?

The world’s dynamics have changed considerably; people now want to see par excellence results in a snap, and the dental world is no different. Veneers have surged in popularity as people seek to attain that coveted bright and white smile. If you have been delving deep into this dental procedure, you might wonder if teeth shaving is necessary for getting veneers. Yes, it is, but there’s a reason for that. Let’s delve into finding out.

An Outlook On Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-colored shells put on your teeth’ frontal surface. They can easily conceal imperfections such as black or brown stains, minor gaps, etc. The best part is that veneers blend in with your natural teeth, enhancing the aesthetics of your smile.

Here’s how veneers do their magic:

  1. Cover all sorts of cracks and stains.
  2. Close unsightly gaps.
  3. Resizing the tooth, altering the length, shape, or color of your teeth.

Preparing for Veneers – Teeth Shaving

The process of getting veneers involves the use of a diamond bur tool to shave off a minute amount of tooth enamel from the teeth to make a place for veneers. They choose bur sizes according to each tooth’s condition and placement. This step aims to preserve as much tooth enamel as possible.

Is Teeth Shaving Painful?

Hear ye! There is no pain involved in the tooth-shaving procedure for veneer placement. This is because of the specialized equipment and materials that ensure a smooth and painless experience.

How Much Shaving Of Teeth is Required for Veneers?

If you are wondering about how much enamel you will lose, take a deep breath, as it is typically around 0.5mm. Composite veneers may require even less shaving, making them suitable for those who want to preserve tooth structure at max.

The Veneer Placement Process

Dental veneers are a promising candidate to provide a dazzling smile, and knowing the process beforehand can help prepare you for what’s to come.

Step 1: It all Starts With a Consultation

The first step of this process is a consultation setup at our office. During this visit, dentists conduct a through-and-through examination of your teeth to assess your eligibility for veneers. In some cases, such as extreme tooth decay, they may not allow you to get it done.

Step 2: Impression Time

Once your teeth are ready for veneers, it is time to get those impressions to manufacture custom veneers. These impressions allow the technicians to make the exact shape and color of your teeth, ensuring a natural look.

Step 3: Tooth Preparation

To secure veneers in place, your dentist will shave off some amount of your teeth upfront. This helps the veneers adhere securely to your teeth and anchors them in place when you eat.

Step 4: Placement

After your veneers are meticulously made, and you are set on the shade, your dentist will then attach them using a special adhesive. The final curing of the cement takes place after the placement and fit.

Closing Note

With your veneers intact, you can enjoy your radiant smile for decades. Do not forget to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth regularly.

Call us to learn more about this from the dental experts at Rio Dental. Dial (210) 785-8526 to schedule an appointment. Or, if you’d like to visit our office, you can find us at 2811 Hillcrest Dr, San Antonio, TX 78201, near Villasol Insurance Solutions LLC.



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