Dr. Sid Solomon Explains Thin Veneers

Article Written by Dr. Sid Solomon

Thin veneers are an excellent option for people who are unhappy with the cosmetic appearance of their teeth. These ultra-thin porcelain slips fit perfectly over the teeth, and the result is cosmetically perfect, white, and completely beautiful teeth! Very often I have seen patients in my office who come to me because their discolored, crooked smile causes serious confidence problems in their daily lives. In certain cases, I will suggest thin veneers, as they are a fantastic alternative for patients wanting a beautiful smile without surgery, harsh chemicals, or painful treatments.

For thin veneers to be applied, the underlying teeth, bone, and gums must be healthy. Patients with gum disease or tooth decay must be treated prior to placement of thin veneers. Unlike conventional veneers, thin veneers can be removed upon request to expose the patient’s original teeth. Thin veneers can be fitted in just two appointments, and instantly add pizzazz to the smile! But not all patients qualify for such a treatment. This is determined on a case by case basis when considering other elements of the tooth structure, health, and the patient’s expectations.

Here are some of the problems that Thin Veneers can solve:

• Large gaps between the teeth
• Misaligned teeth
• Misshapen teeth
• Stained teeth
• Uneven gums and teeth
• Unnatural-looking bridges and crowns

Thin veneers provide a wide range of advantages over similar treatments. The most meaningful advantage to anxious patients is that no painful alterations of the teeth are required prior to application. The covers themselves are so thin and unobtrusive that speech and eating are seldom affected.

One of the main reasons thin veneers are so easy to fit is that very little etching has to be done to the teeth beforehand. With traditional veneers, many teeth might have to be permanently altered or drilled to ensure the best fit. However, thin veneers offer a beautiful end product without any drilling, anesthesia, or extensive etching. This factor alone can reduce the time in the dental chair by almost half when compared to traditional veneers. But again, not all patients qualify for thin veneers.

Dr. Solomon practices has been practicing for 27 years and specializes in Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry.

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