Veneer teeth shaving is not like cutting your hair or doing your nails. Teeth are certainly one of the most charming features in you, but they are also pretty vulnerable to damage, and once you alter them, they won’t grow back.
A while ago, many people began to share their “veneers” transformation on TikTok, and although many dentists have come forward to warn about the dangers of the trend, it is still going around.
Did you notice anything wrong with this video? In any case, let’s break down why this trend is so wrong and misleading. First and foremost, those shark-like teeth were not prepared for veneers but rather for dental crowns. Maybe if they named this trend “crowns check,” I wouldn’t need to make this clear for you, but here we are. There’s a lot to unpack here, so I will begin by clarifying why their teeth look like that.
What is Teeth Shaving?
So, teeth shaving is not inherently a bad thing. It just depends on the specific situation. For instance, sometimes dentists must drill down a tooth if their patient is getting orthodontic treatment for the teeth to move into the right place and direction. This procedure is also an essential part of cosmetic treatments such as dental crowns and porcelain veneers. Now you might be wondering if tooth shaving is occasionally necessary. Why is this trend so bad?
Well, your tooth has two protective layers:
These two elements shield the most vulnerable part of your tooth, which is the pulp. The more you shave down a tooth, the closest you get to the nerves and sensitive parts of it, and the more chances it has to cause you problems in the future.
A dentists’ primary goal is to help you keep as many of your natural teeth as possible. That’s why they make natural tooth alterations when it is only necessary. And, in case you didn’t know, you should get dental crowns and veneers just if you need them.
Decay, severe damage, cracks, or chips. If your teeth don’t have any of these issues and are perfectly healthy, why would you willingly shave them down and compromise their lifespan?
The girl from the previous TikTok, for instance, looks quite young, and her teeth before didn’t seem bad at all. Perhaps a simple tooth whitening session or composite bonding was all she required. She could have received even more stunning results and avoided having her teeth altered permanently.
What Are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin covers made of various materials that help correct various dental concerns such as discoloration, chipping, mild misalignment, and gaps. Compared to crowns (caps that cover the entire tooth), veneers are shells specially designed to cover the front, visible part of your tooth. There are two types of veneers in Mexico you can find:
Composite veneers are a type of tooth covering made of composite resin that is minimally invasive. The composite is placed on top of your natural teeth to help correct any issues affecting your smile. Since these veneers are so flexible and don’t have to cover the entire tooth, they’re great for fixing small chips and cracks.
Veneers made out of porcelain are more resistant than composite. They’re resistant to stains and look super similar to natural teeth. They can also last longer, up to ten years, if you take proper care of them. Porcelain veneers require minor tooth preparation, and they are considered a permanent treatment because their placement consists of a small alteration to your tooth enamel.
Teeth Shaving: Veneers versus Crowns
Both therapies have a distinct level of invasiveness when it comes to preparation. Let’s compare the preparation of dental crowns to that of porcelain veneers since composite veneers do not require any drilling.
- The dentist will begin some veneer teeth shaving to the front surface of your teeth and a little of the sides as well.
- Then you’ll get an impression of your prepped teeth. They will determine the right shade to custom create them perfectly to match your smile.
- The dentist will remove significantly more enamel from the top and sides of your tooth until they reach the desired shape that fits the type of crown you’re getting.
- You’ll get an impression, and your dentist will fabricate your dental crown accordingly.
These dental restorations are fantastic for correcting dental problems, but you should do your research before having one because they come with a lot of responsibility. Crowns and veneers might eventually need to be changed, and you must be willing to make the financial commitment to replace them for the sake of your oral and general health.