Micro Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a very popular cosmetic dentistry solution for improving the appearance of the teeth. These ultra-thin, fingernail type covers are placed over the top of the outward-facing enamel so that any imperfections are hidden beneath. This includes chips, cracks, stains, and discoloration. Veneers can also be used to make teeth seem more alike in terms of their height and thickness, as well as to cover small gaps that may be present between them. Their flexibility makes them an ideal choice for addressing an array of cosmetic issues.


Nevertheless, the design of dental veneers has continued to evolve in order to offer patients even greater benefits. Micro dental veneers are one of the newest developments that have arisen from the conventional design.


What are micro dental veneers and what makes them different to conventional veneers?

Just like regular veneers, micro versions are thin, porcelain shells that sit over the teeth and can be glazed in a range of shades to match the rest of your smile. One of the most common questions we are asked is what makes micro dental veneers different from conventional porcelain dental veneers. The answer lies in their application. In order to fit a regular veneer, some of the natural enamel of the tooth must first be removed. This is done under local anesthetic and involves filing the enamel down using handheld tools. Although you won’t be in any pain, some patients dislike the sound and vibrations that they might experience.


Micro dental veneers are usually a little thinner than traditional veneers at between 0.2mm and 0.4mm. Many people liken their appearance to a tooth-shaped contact lens. However, this important characteristic makes it possible for them to be attached to the outer enamel of your teeth without any of the natural enamel of the tooth being removed. This makes micro dental veneers an entirely reversible and painless treatment. Should you wish to remove the veneer, the underlying tooth structure will be both healthy and intact. This isn’t the case with regular veneers, who will have had the enamel beneath permanently altered to fit them. Since enamel cannot regenerate, patients who have previously had it removed to fit a veneer will now always need a covering on that tooth.


Micro dental veneers provide patients with a good alternative to regular veneers. They are particularly valuable for patients who are fearful of dental treatments and having any sort of invasive procedure carried out as there is absolutely no need for any anesthetic or needles.


If you are considering veneers and would like more information about micro dental veneers, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to see if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure, please contact our offices today where our reassuring and knowledgeable team would be delighted to help you.