Knowing that you want to change a certain aspect of your smile is one thing. Knowing exactly how to go about achieving your desired outcome is another. The availability of so many treatment options is, in one way, advantageous. In another way, the plethora of treatments can also be confusing. Here, we break down a few of the important factors to consider before choosing veneer treatment.
The Value Of Veneers
Dental veneers have been proven to be an extremely valuable treatment option due to the wide variety of imperfections that can be disguised with high-quality porcelain. Before porcelain veneers, there were a large number of patients being treated with composite resin veneers. The overall size and shape of such a veneer could be perfected, but the opacity of composite vs. porcelain is not something that can be changed. When you look at your teeth, the edges are see-thru, or transparent. This should not change once veneers are placed.
Porcelain Veneers: Prep Or No-Prep?
Patients assume that, because no-prep veneer treatment is conservative, it is better. Yes, no-prep veneers eliminate the need for tooth reduction. These veneers are less than .3mm, as thin as a contact lens. What an ultra-thin veneer may not do is fully camouflage the irregularities it is meant to hide.
Traditional veneers are 0.3 to 0.5mm, as thin as a fingernail. This is slightly too thick to place directly over the enamel. Doing so would create too much bulk, and the veneer would stand out from the gums, which is not attractive. With the objective of creating the most appealing, long-lasting outcome, our practice chooses to treat patients with this standard veneer process.
Schedule Your Consultation At Smile Esthetics Scottsdale
If your smile suffers from flaws that can be corrected with porcelain veneers, Contact Smile Esthetics Scottsdale today at (480) 448-0770.