Closeup of a porcelain veneer being bonded to the front of a natural tooth in Bellevue

Do Veneers Require Tooth Removal?

April 26, 2022 8:52 pm
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Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that fit snugly over the front of your natural teeth. These shells are stain-resistant and durable with a lustrous, attractive appearance. Veneers are custom-created to fit perfectly over your natural teeth. They can restore your smile’s former appearance after a chip or discoloration or completely transform your smile by covering many teeth to fix small gaps, minor misalignment, and asymetrically-shaped teeth.

Porcelain Veneers Process

The veneers process often takes two or more appointments. First, we will discuss what you would like to see with your veneers. We will also need to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth.

Veneers only require slight alteration of your tooth enamel, not entire removal of a tooth. Typically, half a millimeter (about the thickness of a fingernail) is removed. This enamel removal allows the veneers to properly stay in place while appearing level with your natural teeth and gums.

We’ll take impressions of your teeth so we can craft your custom veneers. When they are ready, we will bond them to your teeth and meticulously inspect them to ensure a comfortable and natural-looking fit.

Caring for Porcelain Veneers

Teeth with veneers need to be correctly cared for to provide you with long-lasting results. Poor oral hygiene can cause your underlying natural teeth to decay and your gums to develop gum disease. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time and floss every day. Additionally, consume a balanced diet and avoid tobacco products.

Schedule Your Cosmetic Consultation!

At Bellevue Dental Oasis, Dr. Cheong and our team understand the value of feeling confident in your smile. Please contact us to learn more about veneers or our other cosmetic treatments, like professional teeth whitening. We would be happy to schedule a consultation for you at our office!

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