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Can I Get One Porcelain Veneer?

Is it possible to get just one porcelain veneer? My teeth are basically straight except for the left front tooth. It is noticeably crooked and slightly overlaps the one behind it. There is also too much space between it and my right front tooth. Would I need to wear braces just to get one tooth in the right place, or could I get one porcelain veneer to do it all? Thanks. Jillian

Jillian– Although Dr. Lim would need to examine your teeth to determine treatment, porcelain veneers are a faster route than braces for accomplishing your goal.

Can You Get Only One Porcelain Veneer?

A porcelain veneer held by dental forceps
Porcelain veneer

Whether you can get only one porcelain veneer depends on several factors. Although only one tooth is misshaped and out of place, the correction might require the placement of more than one porcelain veneer. Your cosmetic dentist will determine how many veneers you need based on these factors:

  • Tooth shape
  • Tooth position
  • Adjacent teeth

When you do not want braces, porcelain veneers can correct a single crooked tooth or several crooked teeth. If your tooth protrudes or sticks out farther than the right tooth, a dentist must lightly shave it first so that the porcelain veneer does not look out of place.

The work you need on your teeth is cosmetic dentistry. The dentist you choose must be an artistic cosmetic dentist. Otherwise, your porcelain veneer can look bulky, be poorly positioned, or not match the color and translucence of your natural teeth.

Porcelain veneers require the preparation of your natural teeth, which removes a small amount of tooth enamel. After a dentist prepares your natural teeth for veneers, they are not reversible but must have a cosmetic restoration to protect them.

Visit one or two skilled cosmetic dentists for a consultation and discuss your options.

Owasso cosmetic dentist Dr. Heng Lim sponsors this post.