Do veneers damage the teeth?

Do veneers damage the teeth?

Q: I would love a new smile with porcelain veneers, but do they damage the teeth?

A: Boy, I have seen some bad Zoom presentations lately. I have some suggestions when Zooming: 1. Prop up your computer on 12”+ of books to eliminate a double chin and neck wrinkles. (Without doing this, my neck looks like I am 1/4th Iguana on 23 and me.)

2. Back off from the camera to avoid a “fish-eye lens” effect that reveals one too many nostril hairs and makes you look like a Monty Python cartoon of the Queen.

3. Don’t use a flea market painting of a sailboat as your background, your kids’ play room or your kitchen. We don’t care about your granite counter tops. Pick a simple background, preferably some neat book cases with actual books you have read.

The short answer to the dental question is “not if they are done correctly on the right patient.”

Same answer for:

Does a face get damaged from a facelift? No.

Does a home get damaged from a re-model? No.

I recommend you visit my site and click on the drop down menu for “gallery”; then choose “veneers” to view many of our cases. Nobody would be doing this if it ruined their teeth.

Only .8 mm of enamel is reduced off the face of the tooth to allow room for the permanent fixation of a beautiful porcelain facing. Digital no-goop impression scans are taken, while you leave with beautiful temporaries to try your smile on for three weeks while the lab work is being done. At the final visit we fuse the porcelain veneers to your teeth with hi-tech adhesives that are cured by LED lights. Cases I have done two and three decades ago are still functioning with no change in color.

True, you can’t go back to your un-altered teeth, but in 32 years none of my patients ever wanted to go back to their old smile.

Choose a dentists that does many cases. Read the google reviews. Asks to speak to some patients the doctor has treated. We go a step further and let prospective patients meet our veneer patients in person for a face to face. (A clear sheet of Lucite in between to be Covid safe!)

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