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No Prep Dental Veneers

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What would you say if you could have a brand new smile in just a short dental appointment, with no drilling, filling, or tooth preparation? That’s exactly what no-prep dental veneers have to offer. Without spending time on braces, whitening, bonding or crowns, you can have the appearance of a brand new, straighter, whiter smile in just a couple of short visits with your dentist.

No-prep porcelain veneers are thin porcelain restorations that are bonded directly to the front of your healthy, natural teeth. They’re durable, create the appearance of straight, white teeth, and can correct the appearance of teeth that are broken, crowded, crooked, gapped, discolored or cracked. They’re so minimally invasive, that the entire procedure is also completely reversible!

To have no-prep veneers completed, you will first visit with your dentist for a consultation appointment. At this visit, you’ll discuss what aspects of your smile that you would like to change, such as the appearance of individual or multiple teeth. You’ll also discus the shade and shape of teeth that you would like to have. Your dentist will then create a waxed up model of what your proposed veneers will look like. Once you and your dentist make any final specifications about how your veneers should look, the final restorations will be made at a dental laboratory and ready for delivery within about 2 weeks. Once you arrive back at the office, your dentist will gently condition your teeth and then bond the veneers directly to them. The entire appointment is comfortable, quick, and allows you to walk out of the front door with a brand new smile that you won’t be able to wait to show off.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park



Pros and Cons of Porcelain Dental Veneers

If you have always wanted a dazzling “Hollywood” smile but don’t want to deal with the hassle and discomfort of braces or invisible aligners, ask your cosmetic dentist if porcelain dental veneers are a good option for you.  Millions of Americans are enjoying a beautiful new smile thanks to porcelain veneers.

Dental veneers are wafer thin porcelain shells that your dentist will permanently bond to the visible surface of your teeth.  Placement of porcelain veneers can effectively resolve numerous issues with your smile in a single step including stained or yellowed teeth, mildly misaligned teeth, misshapen teeth, and gaps between teeth.  Dental veneers can change the color, alignment, shape, and size of your teeth.

Veneers can be placed in just two or three dental visits.  You will leave your dentist’s office after the last visit with your new smile!  Caring for porcelain veneers is the same as taking care of your natural teeth.  Unlike after having braces, there is no need to wear a retainer and veneers are resistant to stains. Teeth whitening is usually unnecessary with veneers.

However, veneers are permanent and placement of them causes permanent damage to your tooth enamel.  The process is not reversible because a layer of enamel has been removed from your natural teeth.  Your teeth will always need the protection of veneers which will need to be replaced every five to ten years.  Also, veneers are relatively expensive compared to other options such as braces and tooth whitening.  Be sure you are willing to commit to the expense of replacing your veneers before having the procedure done.

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