How much of the enamel is removed for veneers?

How much of the enamel is removed for veneers?

When receiving veneers at Bonfire Dental, we aim to preserve your natural tooth while giving you a beautiful result.

How much do you remove when placing veneers?

Veneers are thin, durable shells that are made of tooth-coloured materials which are then bonded to the surface of the tooth to enhance its appearance. They are a popular choice for those with chipped teeth, a gap or misshapen teeth. Because the original teeth need to be shaved down for veneers, one of the biggest concerns that patients have is about exactly how much enamel will be removed.

How much of the tooth do you shave off?

There is a very common misconception that to place veneers, the dentist needs to take away a lot of tooth structure. At Bonfire Dental, we are just as concerned as you about how much enamel we take off because we want to preserve as much enamel as possible, as this allows for the veneer to hold better.

We determine how much enamel will be shaved during your initial assessment. Our dentists try to find a good balance between how much needs to be removed for cosmetic purposes and not taking so much that it damages the tooth. We want to be as conservative as possible and the amount that will need to be removed will be based on the shape of your teeth, the alignment of your teeth and how many problems there are (if there is chipping or discolouration). Sometimes, teeth may only need minimal shaving. Generally, tour dentists will shave about 0.5mm off for the veneer.

What are veneers made of?

Veneers can be made of a number of materials including:

Porcelain – a type of thin shell that is custom-fit on the tooth. Porcelain veneers are strong and long-lasting with a natural-looking surface. They don’t stain easily and much less tooth enamel needs to be removed for their placement compared to crowns.

Composite resin – made from a tooth-coloured filling material that is bonded to the tooth. They cost less than porcelain and usually mean fewer dental visits. They are also easy to fix if damaged though not as strong or wear-resistant as porcelain veneers.

Before you get veneers

It is important that your teeth and gums are healthy before you get veneers. We will first need to treat any decay prior to their placement. Veneers may not be a good choice for those who clench and grind their teeth because veneers are made out of a thin material that may chip or break. Alternatively, we may recommend that you use a dental night guard while sleeping to protect your teeth.

Although we try to remove as little enamel as possible, you need to be aware that this process cannot be undone after the enamel has been removed. Veneers can also come loose over time and will need replacing.

After you get veneers

Remember that veneers can chip or break under pressure so avoid biting your nails and chewing on hard objects. They may feel different and take some time to get used to but do let us know if your bite doesn’t feel right so that we can correct it for you. And just because you have veneers, doesn’t mean that you should neglect your oral hygiene. It is still possible to get cavities below them so remember to brush and floss every day.

The follow-up appointment

We would want you to return to our practice about a week after your treatment so we can evaluate how your gums have responded to the presence of your new veneers. If the shape needs to be adjusted at all, this can also be done at the appointment.

Advantages of veneers

Veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth, with the colour custom selected and in the case of porcelain veneers, stain-resistant. Gums usually respond well to dental veneers as well.

Disadvantages of veneers

Once a tooth is prepared for veneers, it is not reversible and if anything happens to the veneer, it will need to be replaced. Veneers are not ideal for those with poor gum health or those who grind and clench their teeth. They are also still susceptible to decay so it is important to maintain a good oral health routine after they have been placed.

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