Minimally Invasive Veneers Dramatically Change Smiles

Unhappy with your smile, but unsure of which procedure is best for you? Fortunately, there are various conservative cosmetic treatment options available to patients, according to a study in the November 2007 issue of General Dentistry, the AGD’s clinical, peer-reviewed journal. One such treatment option is minimally invasive porcelain veneers.

Minimally invasive porcelain veneers are very thin and designed to cover the surface of the teeth to which they are applied. With this type of veneer, tooth structure is left intact and only altered when necessary.

“Minimally invasive veneers help patients conserve their enamel, which is a big attraction,” comments AGD spokesperson, Eugene L. Antenucci, DDS. With traditional veneers, an anesthetic is required and the treatment is not reversible. Since no one dental treatment is suitable for everyone, it is important for patients to research all of their options. “Both traditional and minimally invasive porcelain veneers are highly esthetic, and can be expected to offer years of wear,” according to Dr. Antenucci.

With all of the available treatment options for people who are unhappy with their smiles, it might be difficult to choose which one is best for an individual. Howard E. Strassler, DMD, lead author of the study, advises patients who are considering esthetic treatment to “undergo a comprehensive clinical examination that includes an esthetic evaluation.

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