Can You Get Significant Improvements to Your Smile Without Too Much Drilling?

There are many different ways that you can improve the appearance of your smile. One of these solutions is the veneer, which is a very thin, porcelain-based product that can be applied to the outside of your teeth. You may believe that this will require quite an effort and be a fairly invasive procedure. However, it doesn't necessarily need to be this way. What options do you have in this case?

Explaining Veneers

The veneer is designed so that it improves both the appearance and functionality of the host tooth. With a traditional fitting it is necessary to reshape the tooth underneath so that it is able to accept the restoration on top of it. Recently, a different approach is being used which requires little or no preparation. In fact, the process is known as 'no prep'. You could have all of this work done without any of that drilling, in many cases.

How the Process Works

Dental technicians achieve this by working with great precision to create a veneer that naturally conforms to the tooth, all the way down to the gum line. In doing this, the dentist will not need to create a specific border at the base of the veneer, to abut to the gum. This process allows the veneer to be seamlessly fitted under the gum line instead. Dentists know that this lessens the risk of a reaction between the new tooth and gum tissue. When this type of approach is engaged, the addition to the tooth can be introduced without having to significantly alter the structure of the tooth underneath.

Dealing with Small Teeth

In order to determine if you are eligible for this type of approach, the dentist will need to have a look at the condition of your current teeth. Everybody is different and some people have teeth that are much smaller. You may have been born this way, or the teeth could have been worn down by other issues such as night-time grinding. It's also possible that your teeth may appear to be too small in relation to your gum line and your natural smile. In this case, veneers may be very beneficial to you and the 'no prep' solution could be the way forward.

If you want to end up with a more attractive smile and find out if you can do so with minimal invasion, have a word with your dentist today.