I am interested in porcelain veneers, and I read that they sometimes require preparation on the fronts of your teeth. My concern is that my center teeth, incisors, and canine teeth all have fillings on the front. I’ve had the fillings since a childhood disease and medication that caused tooth decay. Porcelain veneers interest me because my teeth are poorly shaped and blotchy. But can I get veneers if I have fillings on my front teeth? Will a dentist have trouble getting the veneers to stick to the fillings instead of my tooth enamel? Thank you. Taneisha from Daytona, FL
Thank you for your question. It is a good one, and we understand your concern.
What Is Porcelain Veneer Preparation?
Porcelain veneer preparation is the process of moving a tiny amount of tooth enamel from the fronts of your teeth. Your dentist may determine that your teeth need preparation for the veneers to fit well at the margin and not look bulky on your teeth.
Can a Dentist Bond Veneers Over Tooth Fillings?
Yes, a dentist can bond your veneers over fillings on your teeth. The bonding and composite filling material are compatible. The materials will unite and form a solid unit. You do not have to worry about your veneers loosening or falling off.
But the key to stable porcelain veneers is your dentist’s knowledge of bonding techniques. Cosmetic dentists understand how to prepare teeth conservatively and limit it to your teeth enamel. If a dentist does too much preparation and exposes the dentin (the layer beneath tooth enamel), it can be challenging for veneers to stick to the dentin.
Look for a Highly Trained Cosmetic Dentist
We recommend scheduling consultations with at least two dentists with post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry. Their training will give you natural-looking, durable veneers that complement your smile.
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