I would like to improve my smile. I am a little self conscious about having teeth that are a little too small. What I’m concerned about is having my teeth sanded down for Veneers. There’s no going back if they don’t look good. And does sanding down the original tooth potentially create other problems in the future? Thank you for any help.

caseym October 23, 2019

Questions Answered by Leading Local Doctors

Tammy Tran, DDS
Fountain Valley, Dentistry
Hi Casey,

Your concern is a very common concern and I don't advise my patients to "sand down" their teeth as the first option to correct their smile. Because I haven't seen you, I can't tell you how much tooth structure you would have to adjust to fit nice looking veneers or whether or not you would need to take down any tooth structure at all! (There are such things as no-prep veneers that are great for the right candidate). That being said, usually when veneers are done, you can get what is called a "wax up" which will show you what your teeth will look like with veneers before you even have to make a decision. You can see what you're teeth will look like in advance and decided whether or not you want to move forward with veneers before doing anything permanent to your teeth!

Ask your dentist about the possibility of no-prep veneers or a wax up to help you make informed decisions. Keep in mind, there are pros and cons to each treatment and make sure you ask about those as well.

Hope this helps you Casey!

Dr Tammy Tran