Traditional versus Minimally Invasive Veneers

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Dental veneers are thin porcelain or composite resin shells that are customized to fit over teeth, offering a natural look. They can be used to fix stained, chipped, worn down, misaligned, or abnormally, uneven spaced teeth. They can positively change your smile in as few as three dental visits. This is accomplished by altering the shape, size, color, and overall appearance of teeth. Dental patients have experienced increased confidence through smile makeovers with these types of veneers. 

There are two cosmetic veneer treatments available to dental patients, according to a January 2014 US dentistry report. They are traditional dental veneers and minimally invasive porcelain veneers.

Minimally invasive veneers are extremely thin and are designed to cover the entire surface of the teeth. The tooth structure is left intact and can only be altered when necessary. This type of veneers allows patients to conserve their enamel without too much product being required. They are the preferred type of veneers by patients.

Unlike minimally invasive veneers, traditional veneers are not thin and they also do not entirely cover the teeth. Traditional veneers are crafted without a clear procedure in place.

Both minimally invasive and traditional veneers are highly esthetic. Moreover, both can be expected to offer many years of wear. Both of these types of veneers available to facilitate dental treatment and to offer patients an amazing smile.

Correcting minor misalignments, masking moderate to serious tooth discolorations, and reshaping undersized and peg-shaped teeth are just a few of the possible improvements that minimally invasive veneers may offer. Traditional veneers also have their own share of benefits, but they aren’t versatile as those of the minimally invasive veneers.

To bond your teeth with minimally invasive veneers, the dentist removes about 1-millimeter of enamel from every tooth’s surface. After that, the dentist takes an impression of the inside of the mouth, forms a mold, and sends it to a dental lab where the patient’s veneers are customized by a dental expert. When they are finally ready, the dentist then bonds them to the teeth using special cement.

Traditional veneers on the other hand don’t call for this huge procedure. The dentist simply bonds the veneer on the patient’s teeth surface without removing the enamel for customization.

Positive effects of minimally invasive veneers

  • The porcelain material used offers resistance against coffee, tea and other foods.
  • A beautiful smile is achieved.

Negative effects of minimally invasive veneers

  • The procedure is irreversible because the enamel is removed.
  • The procedure may be demanding in terms of time and money.
  • Despite being strong, minimally invasive veneers can still be damaged by biting your fingernails and chewing ice.

Positive effects of traditional veneers

  • Bonding traditional veneers is generally a quick procedure.
  • Ideal when minor masking is required.

Negative effects of traditional veneers

  • Are not appropriate where a complete makeover is needed.
  • They may not last long if proper dental hygiene isn’t observed.

Common misconceptions associated with minimally invasive and traditional veneers

  • Veneers are going to make your teeth look too long or too big. In almost every case, some tooth re-shaping is necessary to the smile and teeth to achieve an improved appearance.
  • Veneers can cause gum disease. The dentist will polish and finish the edges to make the veneers smooth and to avoid ledges. As with all teeth, dental patients should always floss and brush around the veneers.
  • Minimally invasive veneers bring about sensitivity as soon as they are bonded. This isn’t the case since the tooth enamel is maintained, with minimally invasive veneers and hence sensitivity is very rare.

For more information on dental veneers, contact Cosmetic Dentist in Boca Raton at (561) 232-2070