You know you want a smile makeover. You’re ready to make the investment and transform your appearance. When someone chooses to make a big change with cosmetic dentistry, that often involves porcelain veneers. There are several kinds of veneers available, and many patients find themselves unsure about what’s right for them. Here is what you need to know.
1. You Don’t Have to Alter Your Natural Teeth
One of the biggest factors that makes people pause when considering porcelain veneers is the alteration of their natural teeth. A small amount of tooth enamel must be shaved away from each tooth to make room for the thin porcelain shields to sit on the teeth. This irreversible step doesn’t always have to be the case.
If you opt for prepless veneers, the name is as it implies: prepless. Other than a cleaning and light sanding to eliminate surface stains, shine, and minor enamel imperfections, your natural teeth are not altered in any way before the veneers are bonded in place.
Microthin veneers offer a similar revolutionary, no-prep approach. The super-thin porcelain is seamlessly and snugly place on top of the natural teeth without any reduction of tooth enamel. Should you ever want to reverse either procedure, you can do so without worrying about the integrity or appearance of your teeth underneath. Though why would you want to change it when your grin looks so good?
2. All Veneers Are Customized
No matter what kind of veneers you opt to get, they are all carefully designed in size, shape, and color so they are flattering and suitable for you and you alone. The length of your teeth is meticulously considered – each tooth will be slightly different so that they don’t look like a row of Chicklet gum but instead look natural. The shading of each tooth is incredibly important – there are many shades of white and uber-white is not always the best choice for a smile makeover, depending on your skin tone and the whites of your eyes.
With prepless veneers especially, even the minimal prep of the tooth enamel is important because it ensures that nothing interferes with the color and thickness of your permanent veneers. Prepless veneers are incredibly thin, which means their color and shading is very important so it blends well with your natural enamel underneath.
3. All Veneers Are Miniature Works of Art
Every detail matters in a porcelain veneer procedure, no matter what type of veneers you opt to get. Just as important as selecting the right cosmetic dentistry treatment is finding the best, experienced, most meticulous New York City dentist to do the work.
Whether you’re covering up chips, gaps, cracks, stains, discoloration, short teeth, or otherwise, veneers can get the job done. All you need is good oral health and the desire to transform yourself with a celeb-worthy smile.
Find out whether you’re a good candidate for Microthin veneers or another type of veneer. Schedule your consultation with NYC cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei in person or submit a Smile Virtual request to get things started online.