How Much of the Tooth is Removed for Porcelain Veneers? I Went in for Lumineers and Look in the Mirror It Was to Late to Say.

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Amount of tooth removal required for Veneers.

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Hi Debbie

When it comes to the amount of tooth removal required for Veneers there are several things your Cosmetic dentist will be checking for: 

- The amount of Colour Correction (Shade Change) you are seeking. Darker teeth will require more tooth removal so a thicker Veneers can block out the dark colour

- position of the teeth in your jaw (Arch Form) Teeth flared towards your lips will often require more tooth removal if you want to align the teeth properly and not have bulky looking teeth. If the teeth are leaning inwards then less tooth material may need to be removed. 

- crowding - if teeth are staggered here and there due to crowding (some forward some back) some teeth will require more tooth material removed than others. 

- if there are existing fillings on the sides of the teeth (Interproximally) your dentist will probably remove a bit more tooth material so as to not have your Veneer bonded to an old filling. 


So, how much depends on your existing condition and what end result you are hoping to achieve. That being said, in most cases you are looking at about 1mm on average (again this varies individual to individual)


Hope that helps 

Vancouver Dentist

Tooth Removal for Lumineers

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Lumineers is a brand name for minimal-prep veneers. Usually, less tooth structure is removed for these type of Veneers as opposed to standard Porcelain Veneers. It all depends on the position of the teeth and your desired outcome.

Jay Neuhaus, DDS
New York Dentist

How Much of the Tooth is Removed for Porcelain Veneers?

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Porcelain veneers can completely change your smile. They can whiten the look of your smile or instantly create a straight smile or close gaps.

Typically some enamel is removed to create veneers that are as slim as your natural teeth. 

There is a large trend right now to do "No Prep" style veneers. Lumineers is a brand name in this approach.Sometimes you don't need any eneamel removed or shaved of, but it has to be the right type of case. In my opinion there needs to be clear communication between the cosmetic dentist and yourself about what you are expecting.

Typically when very little is removed, there are some compromises in the aesthic outcome. Sometimes it's worth it. Sometimes if you want it really perfect, it does require trimming just a bit more off. If you want a perfect result, then this is just sometimes what is necessary.


Discuss ahead of time with your cosmetic dentist and make sure you both are expecting the same result and the same process to get there.

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