When creating veneers for teeth the dentist “prepares” the teeth before taking any records. The term “preparation” signifies the amount of tooth cutting involved.
Some types of treatments like Ultrathin veneers require no tooth cutting compared to the traditional veneer work where sometimes some preparation may be necessary.
Sometimes "preparation" simply means roughening the surface to enable better bonding to occur with the adhesives.
Depending on your teeth your dentist will discuss which type of veneers will be best suitable for you and also what type of preparation will be involved.
The newer cosmetic veneers include Ultrathin Veneers, Durathin Veneers and Lumineers which involve no drilling and hence no injections since no tooth is being cut. These are extremely comfortable to have done and long lasting solutions in cosmetic dentistry.
The actual amount of tooth that will be needed to be prepared is variable and dependent upon a number of factors:
- The Planned Smile Design. The design will indicate where we need to build up the veneers and where we will need to remove a certain aspect of the teeth. All the teeth are looked at together as oppose to a single tooth when creating a new smile.
- Required Arch Form. It also depends upon which teeth are “sticking out” of the arch form and which ones we need to give the appearance of being pushed in. In most cases there is room to broaden out the arch in which case very little tooth will need to be prepared since we are mostly adding to each tooth’s outer surface.
- Length of the original teeth. In most cases we can work with what we have. However, if teeth are too long then we will have to prepare teeth to shorten their appearance to produce the desired aesthetics.
- Crowding or Spacing. If teeth have spaces between them there may be very little tooth preparation required. Alternatively, if there is much crowding there will be more tooth preparation involved.
- The type of porcelain used. There are now a whole host of porcelains that are manufactured in different ways and hence have differing properties. Porcelains used in UltraThin Veneers have been highly compressed to provide contact lens thin veneers. In these instances hardly any teeth need to be prepared.
- The Pre-Exiting Restorations. Teeth that are already heavily restored or have a crown on them will be prepared in a different manner than to teeth that have no fillings or any type of restoration on them.
- Discoloured teeth. These may require a deeper preparation so that we can accommodate various masking techniques to prevent any discolouration appearing through the veneer. The amount of tooth preparation done is individual to each case and the extent of the discolouration.
- Additional Aesthetic Work. In some instances, you may require gum work or crown lengthening treatment that involves surgery to “lift” up the gum. Again, in these cases the amount of tooth preparation is varied and dependent upon the final aesthetic outcome required.
A Conservative Approach
We will always plan your new smile before any treatment is carried out. We aim to provide you with the most conservative and preservative dentistry.
In order, to prevent excessive tooth preparation, we design your new smile in a way that minimises tooth preparation. We also provide options whereby you can have orthodontic or teeth straightening treatment carried out before any cosmetic veneer work is done.
This way your teeth are already well aligned and so very minimal or hardly any tooth preparation become necessary.
If you are concerned in any way we advise that you speak to us in your complimentary consultation. We will be able to provide you with suitable solutions.
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I have been visiting Perfect Smile for couple years for on going treatment including implants and Veneers. I developed an abscess over Christmas Holiday with a fever where I passed out on my kitchen floor. I did email Gurs not expecting him to reply within an hour or so (especially it being the festive season) Gurs suggested I should get to the hospital to get antibiotics and emergency dentist next day. Gurs kept in touch daily to check on my welfare. A week later I was well enough to travel from Norfolk to Perfect Smile. The following week Negan did root canal. The team are first class, who make you welcome and always asking if I would like a drink. The treatment has cost me thousands. Money well spent!! I now have The Perfect Smile.
5 out of 5 starsposted 2 months ago
I live in London so it was no problem visiting them at Harley Street, I was a bit nervous when I walked in but it all went fine and I now have no more gaps in my teeth, many thanks
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Veneers are thin, ceramic shells designed to give you a natural smile. Ultrathin, Durathin and Lumineers are just a few of the brands we provide. Normally achieved in two appointments.
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