What are veneers and how can they improve my smile?
A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth to improve aesthetics.
Porcelain veneers are the most common types of veneers, as they best recreate the look of natural teeth while possessing strength.
You may have heard of the brand of porcelain veneers called Lumineers that is marketed as a very thin veneer that requires no cutting of teeth. The truth is, any cosmetic dentist who works with a high quality dental laboratory can produce natural-looking and thin veneers.
The issue of whether teeth have to be cut for veneer placement depends on their inclination and how crowded or spaced out the existing teeth are. If your natural set of teeth protrude outward, then placing veneers over them without removing any tooth structure will make them appear too bulbous and bulky.
If your teeth are very crowded or spaced out, it is impossible to achieve an aesthetic result without removing more tooth structure and creating appropriate separation between the teeth to allow for properly sized and contoured veneers to be placed over them.
Properly executed veneer cases require a lot of planning and often a diagnostic waxup will be used to illustrate the final result prior to beginning the procedure. Veneers can improve your smile by closing spaces between teeth, straightening teeth with minor crowding issues, whitening teeth to a more dramatic level, and making small teeth look larger for a fuller smile.