How Much Enamel is Removed for Veneers?

July 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — nbkdental @ 4:35 pm

Dentist holding veneer by woman’s toothThere are more options than ever before to address common aesthetic flaws with cosmetic dentistry. However, porcelain veneers continue to rank among the most popular services. They can provide the dramatic improvement you desire, but your dentist must remove a small amount of enamel. While it is the hardest substance in your body, your enamel will not grow back if your veneers are removed. It’s normal to have concerns about altering your teeth permanently, but there’s no reason to worry. Here’s how much enamel your dentist will need to remove.

How Veneers Work

A veneer is a thin porcelain shell that’s bonded to the front surface of a tooth to enhance its color, size, and shape. Bonding veneers to the teeth visible when smiling allows them to correct many issues at once, like stains, chips, and gaps. After just two appointments, you can transform your smile and enjoy results that can last for a decade or longer.

Why is Enamel Removed?

Enamel is a tooth’s defense system, which cannot regenerate if it is lost. Removing enamel is a big decision, but the process won’t harm your teeth. Enamel must be removed to create a better bonding surface between your tooth and the veneer. It also ensures there aren’t any uncomfortable ridges or ledges for the best results. You won’t have to worry about tooth sensitivity because your veneers will provide an added layer of protection.

How Much Enamel is Removed?

Your cosmetic dentist will remove no more than 0.5mm of enamel. Every mouth and situation differs, so the amount shaved off varies from case to case. Your cosmetic dentist will always take a conservative approach when determining how much enamel to etch, which is influenced by various factors, like pitting or grooving of the teeth.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

After your enamel has been altered, your teeth must always be covered by restorations, or they will be vulnerable to bacteria and damage. Although veneers don’t last forever, you don’t have to worry about replacing them very often. They are designed to provide long-lasting results. 

Most veneers last for about 10 years before needing to be replaced, but it’s not unusual for them to thrive for over a decade. Many factors will affect their lifespan, like your oral hygiene habits. You can get the most from your investment by brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. 

Although you’ll lose a little enamel to benefit from veneers, it’s a small sacrifice to achieve the smile of your dreams.

About Dr. James Woodruff

Dr. Woodruff has been awarded one of “America’s Best Dentists” by the National Consumer Advisory Board because of his commitment to excellence. After earning his dental degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School, he has regularly pursued continued education in many specialties, including dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. Request an appointment through our website or call (847) 272-0049.

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