Do They Shave Your Teeth Down for Veneers?

Cosmetic Dentist Serving Austin, Bee Cave, Lakeway and Nearby Areas of Texas


Getting porcelain veneers is a multi-step process. One of those steps is to prepare the teeth for veneer placement. This involves reshaping them and trimming down some of the enamel. It is a necessary measure that, when done by a skilled and experienced dentist, will be virtually undetectable in the end.

Preparing Teeth for Porcelain Veneers

Woman considering veneers in Austin The process of preparing teeth for veneers preserves most of the tooth structure. We usually only remove half a millimeter of enamel.

That amount is nearly equivalent to the thickness of the veneer. However, it is still more than some patients can afford to lose, which is why veneers are ideally suited for those with sufficient and healthy enamel.

Removing a small amount of enamel allows you to enjoy a seamless fit. It also affords the most natural-looking appearance. A traditional porcelain veneer cannot be cemented to the front of an unprepared tooth without creating an undesirable result.

It is important to be aware that your enamel will not come back. This means that you will need to replace your veneers if they become damaged.

Does it Hurt to Get Veneers?

Preparing teeth for veneers is not painful. You may have the option of receiving a local anesthetic to numb the area.

What Happens Next?

After your teeth have been prepared, it is time to take a dental impression. This impression is sent off to a lab that will construct your veneers.

It can take several weeks to manufacture the veneers to our practice’s aesthetic standards. Temporary veneers may be placed while you wait.

Schedule a Complimentary Porcelain Veneer Consultation in Austin

Experienced dentist Dr. John Schmid has done countless veneers over the years. He will make sure you have all the information you need to determine if this cosmetic service is right for you.

Call 512-329-5967 today to schedule a complimentary consultation. Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry proudly creates exceptional smiles for patients in Austin, Bee Cave, Lakeway, and nearby areas of Texas.