I have a loss of enamel. Would veneers be an option? I'm scared of increased sensitivity.

Due to years on steroids, my bone density dropped and my teeth took a beating. I brush 3 times a day, floss etc, but it hasn't saved them. I now also have serious discolouration. I am I'm my mid 30's and thinking veneers. I don't want them to shave my teeth (I know somewhat unavoidable), but am scared that this will cause long term sensativity as they are already sensitive to cold. I have an overbite white braces didn't fix (not major). My teeth are kept straight by using a retainer at night.

Doctor Answers 5

#Veneers for enamel loss #DrSoftTouch

Hello there,
I'm sorry to hear that you're unhappy with your teeth.  Veneers are definitely an option for you, and can help eliminate the sensitivity that you are experiencing due to enamel loss. I always recommend looking at before and after photos of actual patients of the dentist you are considering before selecting that dentist. This will give you a pretty good indication of what you can expect. I'll link a before and after photo of a patient of mine who's discolored teeth were completely transformed with veneers. Good luck and I hope this helps. Follow me if you have more questions.

Sarah Thompson, DMD
St. Louis, MO area (O'Fallon, IL)
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Veneers as an option for loss of enamel

I place a lot of veneers on patients with enamel defects.  It can absolutely be an option for you.  The veneers will also help with the discoloration.  Veneers can work wonders to eliminate the discomfort you are having by completely covering the compromised surface of your teeth.  Make sure you do your research and find a dentist who is very experienced in cosmetics.

Desiree Yazdan, DDS
Newport Beach Dentist
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Loss of enamel, or receding gums

there could be 2 things here, sensitivity, could be due to receding gums, or poor enamel, just remember that in both options, you will need to make veneers and they need to hold to a dental structure, and this is something to consider, provably and depending on the smile analysis, x rays, there is a chance that could be crowns instead than veneers, but yes, you have a solution.
you will love your smile, shape, size and even color can be changed.send some pictures.

You could be an excellent candidate for Thin Veneers

Hello Harrows,

I am sorry you are having some issues with your teeth.  It sounds like you are doing the right things to take care of yourself now. It also sounds like you may be an excellent candidate for "Thin Veneers". They are very conservative in that I either do not have to prepare any enamel or preparation is very minimal.  This does prevent the possibility of sensitivity.  If your teeth are already sensitive due to the lack of enamel that you mentioned, veneers can work wonders to eliminate the discomfort by completely covering the compromised surface of your teeth.

Do you have pictures you can submit so that I can have more information to evaluate for your case?

Douglas Jopling, DDS
Dallas, TX area


There are many types of veneer designs out there.
If you are concerned about sensitivity my recommendation would be to find a dentists who does preparation less veneers. These are quite difficult to do and require an expert clinician and technician team.
The advantage obviously being no preparation

I would need to see a picture of your teeth to determine if you are a candidate
Best of luck

Dr J

Saj Jivraj, DDS
Oxnard Dentist

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