What Are Veneers?
Veneers are created from the most durable porcelain material that is shaped into a thin shell and placed over the natural teeth. Veneers are the best cosmetic solution for patients who have gone years hiding behind cracked, stained, uneven, chipped or mildly crooked teeth. By applying custom veneers, you can mask the imperfections of your smile and reap the benefits of straight, white and otherwise aesthetically pleasing teeth.
Dr. Kohani believes in a conservative approach to cosmetic dentistry, which means that preserving the natural structure and enamel of the tooth is a priority when making changes to the dentition. Using brands such as Lumineers, DURAthin veneers, and Vivaneers, Dr. Kohani can restore your teeth with minimal preparation.
The Appeal of No-Prep Restorations
Prior to recent innovations in dental techniques, veneers were considered an irreversible cosmetic solution that involved significant alterations to the natural tooth enamel to be properly placed. The surface of your natural teeth would have to be etched or filed in order to provide better adhesion for the veneers and create natural-looking results. For some patients, shaping their teeth is a significant commitment since it cannot be undone.
With a no-prep veneer option, your natural teeth are left intact, which gives many patients peace of mind, knowing that their veneers can be reversed if absolutely necessary and that they will not have to experience the discomfort associated with tooth reduction. When the natural dentition is left unaltered, the smile is ultimately healthier, and patients feel more at ease.
Although no-prep veneers are often an ideal cosmetic solution, they are not always the best treatment option when it comes to enhancing your smile. Veneers may cover the imperfections that are causing cosmetic concern, but they will not fix underlying structural issues that are creating misalignment or poor bite positions.
Veneers will be perfectly effective if only a minor misalignment is present and if you have enough room in your smile line to receive them, but it’s important to screen for and diagnose any orthodontic issues before recommending veneers as a treatment option and deciding whether you are a good candidate. After their consultation, many people find that prepless veneers are not right for them.
Receiving Veneers with Dr. Kohani
Dental treatment with Veneers will typically start with a consultation between you and Dr. Kohani where you can discuss the cosmetic concerns you have with your smile. Dr. Kohani will analyze your teeth and take x-rays in order to determine whether the imperfections in your dentition can be fixed with veneers. For patients who have a relatively healthy teeth, veneers are typically recommended. Otherwise, dental bonding or accelerated adult orthodontics may be suggested as a treatment option.
Veneers can be used to treat:
- Undersized teeth as a result of genetics
- Teeth that have become broken or chipped due to bruxism or trauma
- Discolored teeth that do not respond to whitening treatment
- Teeth that are disproportionate to the lips and gums
- Minor to moderate gaps in between teeth