Shaving Down Your Teeth to Get Veneers? True or False?

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Veneers have made their way into different social media platforms. Therefore, you’ll see videos from people who claim to have gotten veneers and whose teeth look pretty much shark-like.

Of course, dental veneers have lots of cosmetic benefits, hence why so many public figures prefer them and have played an important role in promoting them to the point where nowadays everyone is getting veneers to have a taste of a Hollywood smile.

However, with the rise of their popularity, there’s also a lot of misinformation going around. Many people wonder if their teeth will have to be shaved down to pegs to transform their smile with this cosmetic treatment. 

So do you? The short answer is no, but let’s see exactly why. Stay until the end of this article to learn more about the veneer’s treatment.

Do Your Teeth Have to Be Shaved for Veneers?

A picture of a mouth with a drill and a burr. The teeth are being prepared for dental veneers.

Let’s take a look at why natural teeth need some shaving in the first place. The first step is to make room for the veneer. A porcelain veneer’s minimum thickness is realistically 0.5mm. 

While thinner veneers are possible, their translucency is a disadvantage. That brings us to the second point: desired aesthetics. 

Hand-layering porcelain with varying thicknesses, just like natural teeth, is necessary to produce a genuine look. 

A purposeful incisal reduction is also necessary to generate incisal translucency (those transparent wisps at the bottom edge) that mimics real teeth. The third step is to clear space for proper positioning.

We’ve all seen veneers that are a tad too bulky, touching in the wrong places, and have an unnatural gum line. 

Veneer placement is critical because it has to be accurate. Frequently, to get a precise result, veneer shaved teeth will be necessary.

People frequently believe that their teeth must be trimmed back into fangs to receive porcelain. 

So, I’ve put together a quick guide to what criteria go into determining how much of a tooth they have to shave.

Straight, gappy, or sit back teeth

A mouth with diastema (a gap between the front incisors).

Patients with straight or little gappy teeth, or teeth that sit back, may not need to have their teeth shaved, and their veneers will fit perfectly over their existing teeth. 

The surface of your tooth, on the other hand, will be prepared for the veneers to adhere to it securely.

Slightly crooked teeth

A mouth with crooked teeth.

If your teeth are slightly misaligned, you may just require a little shaving to ensure that the veneers sit flush and straight on your smile line. 

Your dentist will also prepare the surface of your tooth so that the veneers fit and stay properly in their place.

Large, crooked teeth

A mouth with large crooked teeth.

It goes without saying that if you have larger teeth and want them to be smaller, your teeth will be prepped more than others.

If you have crooked or forward-sitting teeth, we would always recommend a different treatment approach before contemplating veneers. 

These choices (braces, Invisalign, and even jaw surgery) will be given to you initially as the suggested smile solution. 

If you’re still adamant about getting veneers because you don’t like the form or color of your teeth (which braces can’t fix), we can go over the options further. 

Is The Veneer’s Process Painful?

A close-up image of a woman smiling showing dental veneers.

In most cases, the application of veneers is short and painless. We can utilize sedation, usually a local anesthetic or inhalation sedation, to help put you at ease if you need it. 

Patients may experience minor soreness following the surgery. Tylenol and Advil are commonly effective in treating this.

Is It Possible To Have Veneers Without Shaving Your Teeth?

A closeup of a mouth with the upper front six teeth shaven for dental veneers.

New veneer technology allows for the insertion of veneers with little or no preparation.

The three varieties of veneers are Lumineers, Durathin, and Vivaneers, lessen or eliminate the need for dentists to shave down teeth. 

Dentists hope to place these veneers immediately on top of your natural teeth because some circumstances and conditions can make a no-prep veneer procedure ineffective. 

Composite bonding may be a better option for you if money is the main concern or you only have a little chip or break in a single tooth.

Do You Want Veneers? Schedule An Appointment Today

At Trust Dental Care, we have multiple dentists and cosmetic specialists ready to give you a consultation and answer any of your questions about dental veneers

One of our dentists in Mexico will discuss the treatment with you to ensure you’re making the right steps to a healthy and favorable transformation for your teeth.

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