Does Getting Veneers Require Surgery?

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If your smile features several cosmetic flaws, you might be considering veneers to mask them and protect your teeth. Veneers are the perfect option when a patient’s flaws are only cosmetic and do not affect their dental, oral, or overall physical health. Our expert in dental veneer in Los Angeles may recommend the restoration for you if your teeth are:

  • Small or misshapen
  • Stained or discolored
  • Gapped or crowded
  • Crooked
  • Worn
  • Chipped or cracked

The process for getting dental veneers is not a difficult or lengthy one, and does not require invasive surgery. Our expert will have to eliminate some enamel from the surfaces of the teeth, typically about half a millimeter. This is so the veneers can be placed without making the teeth look too big and unnatural. The teeth will also have to be roughed up a bit, or etched, so the dental cement can better bond. A local anesthetic will be administered, so patients will not feel any pain from this process.

Though veneers are a permanent restoration, they will need to be replaced after a certain amount of time, as they can become worn and weak. This will only require a simple replacement, and does not necessitate the removal of more enamel.

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