Why Do Veneers Require Your Teeth to Be Trimmed Down?
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Thomas Wold, DMD
Dental veneers are designed to make your teeth look like they're whole, white, and perfect. They're different from implants in that your teeth don't have to be pulled and replaced.
Instead, the veneer is attached to the front of your tooth. They're cosmetic rather than fully functional replacement teeth. However, that may be all you need. Veneers can hide a broken, cracked, or discolored tooth or teeth.
Before veneers can be installed, however, your teeth may need to be trimmed. That's because veneers, while very thin, do add thickness to the tooth they're attached to. In order to keep your bite the same and make chewing, talking, and eating less awkward, the enamel on your teeth may need to be trimmed a little bit so the veneer doesn't stick out.
You don't have to worry about us trimming all the enamel away, though. There are guidelines about how much enamel can be removed. Usually, only about .5mm of the enamel will be trimmed, less if the veneer being used is thinner.
In some cases, we may not need to trim your teeth at all. There are some very thin types of veneers that require very little trimming. It's also possible to use a specific tone of composite bonding material that doesn't require much trimming.
Are Veneers Right for You?
It's important to remember that veneers are permanent because your teeth are irreversibly altered by being trimmed. That's not always a bad thing. Veneers can be the perfect solution for some people. It is important that you make your decision to get veneers after fully understanding the process and the pros and cons of veneers.
In order to do that, you should call us and schedule a consultation. We will walk you through the entire process and answer all of your questions, including how we will trim your teeth before installing your veneers.