The Truth Behind Enamel Reduction

It’s a tried and true fact that porcelain veneers are the most comprehensive, high quality smile makeover. While countless patients of Dr. James Fondriest have achieved the smiles of their dreams with porcelain veneers, one aspect of the procedure requires significant discussion with Dr. Fondriest when determining if veneers are right for you.

Before traditional porcelain veneers can be placed, some reduction of your tooth enamel must occur to ensure the proper and natural-looking fit of your prosthetics. The amount of reduction needed varies from person to person, but just what does Dr. Fondriest take into account when planning your smile makeover?

First and foremost, the amount of tooth reduction should match your goals and priorities. Because of the required enamel reduction, porcelain veneers are considered to be a permanent procedure. If this is not what you want, traditional veneers may not be for you.

Different levels of enamel reduction are appropriate in different situations. Minimal reduction is a good choice when modest improvement in symmetry and tooth alignment is the goal. If you’re not a candidate for enamel reduction, “no-prep” veneers are an option. No-preparation and minimally invasive veneers achieve the same esthetic quality as traditional veneers, but are not permanent and require little to no enamel reduction.

At your initial consultation with Dr. Fondriest, he will discuss which cosmetic options will best fit your needs. To reserve this appointment, call Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517.

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