Do Veneers Cause Any Risk or Damage to a Tooth’s Structure?

  • Posted on: Nov 30 2019
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Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dental work that focuses on the aesthetics of the smile. We welcome patients in the community of Arlington, VA to speak to Dr. Danine Fresch Gray about the benefits of restorations such as porcelain veneers. At Clarendon Dental Arts, many patients choose veneers because they are fast, simple, and long-lasting. However, some patients are concerned about damage to their natural tooth structure.

What is a veneer and how does it work?

To first understand the process, patients need to know what veneers are and how they are intended to be used. Patients who have imperfections on their anterior, or front, teeth will often find porcelain veneers to be a suitable solution. These veneers are made of porcelain and are essentially a facing that is bonded over the front of a tooth to change its appearance. Common imperfections addressed with porcelain veneers include:

  • Permanent staining
  • Misalignment
  • Unusual tooth shape or size
  • Breakage

To cover these issues, the dentist needs to remove a thin portion of enamel from the front of the tooth before taking impressions. These impressions are then used to fabricate the veneer which is later bonded onto the tooth. The entire process from start to finish can take approximately one week between consultation to placement.

Why does the dentist have to remove natural tooth enamel?

Without removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth’s structure, the veneers will add extra bulk. While veneers are extremely thin, they can still result in a bulky appearance if the natural tooth is not properly prepared. However, the removal of tooth enamel does not impact the health or function of the tooth underneath the veneer.

Call the team at Clarendon Dental Arts today to discuss cosmetic solutions for repairing your smile

The team of professionals are here to help new and existing patients in achieving beautiful smiles, and works with individuals to design a custom aesthetic dental plan that suits their needs. Call Dr. Danine Fresch Gray today at (703) 525-5901 and schedule your consultation. The practice is located at 2700 Clarendon Boulevard and is here to provide encouragement in finding the cosmetic dentistry procedures that will enhance your smile as desired!

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