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How to Avoid Permanent Tooth Alteration with Veneers
What Are Veneers?
A veneer is a thin wrap of porcelain that is ideally used to re-create the natural look of teeth. Veneers have been preferred to crowns and braces as they are less intrusive and do not require complex procedures to fit.
Veneers are a living testimony that unattractive teeth don’t always require invasive procedures to restore the beauty. Standard veneers require some tooth structure removal commonly known as tooth preparation. Tooth preparation is done to prevent the end result from looking bulky. The veneer material is normally thin but if attached to an unprepared tooth, it will give the tooth a baggy, huge, and bulky look.
Normally, in tooth preparation, some tooth enamel is normally removed to contribute to a more natural look, once the veneer is bonded. Removing the tooth enamel permanently alters the tooth hence the need to look up to some forms of restorations from time to time. This permanent alteration to the tooth has made some patients reluctant about the veneer option as a restorative procedure. Luckily there have been advanced ways to tackle the problem. So how do you avoid permanent tooth alteration with veneers?
No-Preparation Porcelain Veneers
No preparation porcelain veneers have been around for more than two decades now. The idea behind this technique was to provide patients with an option that preserves the enamel. The cases that fit into this type of technique have to be carefully chosen in order to have perfect results. Teeth with gaps benefit most from this technique.
They are normally ultra-thin in structure with between 0.3 to 0.5 mm thicknesses observed via lenses. The no prep veneers are thinner than the standard veneers giving the tooth the right end result. The no preparation veneer is then bonded to the affected tooth with no beforehand preparation.
Since the tooth is not altered after a no-prep veneer procedure, it is rendered reversible. One could remove the veneer and have the tooth in its natural state and appearance. Unlike standard traditional veneers that use local anaesthesia during the procedures, no prep veneers have completely no reason to use any form of anaesthesia as the procedure is painless and does not intrude the tooth’s sensitivity.
Another reason you might want to go for the no prep veneers is the end result. The aesthetic look of a no prep veneer is far more satisfying than the traditional veneer. As earlier mentioned before, the traditional veneer is thicker in a structure which contributes to the teeth looking bulkier and chunkier.
Minimal Preparation Veneers
This technique is used when a patient prefers to preserve a significant amount of the natural tooth structure. However, a little filing and tooth preparation will be required to make the veneers effective and presentable. Normally, the minimal prep veneers are thinner in structure compared to the traditional porcelain veneers. For this reason, there is minimal need to grind down a significant amount of the enamel. Normally, people with medium sized teeth use this method since a little space is essential to allow the fitting of the enamel.
Just like the no prep veneer, minimal prep veneer eliminates the need for local anaesthesia since the dentist ideally files a small amount of enamel structure that is completely painless.
Who Is The Right Candidate For Minimal Prep Or No-Prep Veneers?
The best way to know if you are a good candidate for minimal and no-prep veneers is to visit a dentist who will analyze your teeth structure and determine the best option for you with valid reasons. However, if you have the following conditions, minimal preparation or no prep veneers could be ideal for you.
- Cracked teeth
- Gaps in between teeth
- Worn out teeth
- Too small teeth
- Slightly discoloured teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Broken teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth
In short, veneers are used to restore one’s tooth to a natural looking tooth in order to enhance the final look.
Just like you would brush and floss your natural teeth, so should you, on veneers. Consider avoiding staining diets to aid the veneers in producing a more lasting effect. Also visit the dentist regularly for monitoring of the veneer’s progress as some may need replacement from time to time.
If you are considering these non-invasive veneers, you could talk to the dental experts at the Vita Dental clinic. They have highly qualified dentists who will walk you through all the available options and even conduct examinations to determine if you are a good candidate for the veneer options available. If you are worried about the irreversibility of the treatment, modern dentistry uses laser’s that can detach the veneers restoring back your natural teeth. Book an appointment with the best dentists in Spring and have your smile restored.
All in all, whichever the type of veneer you opt to go for, the technique is remarkable for solving a number of cosmetic problems, replacing damaged enamel and correcting mild misalignments of teeth.
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