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No-Prep Veneers

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A lot of people want teeth that are beautiful, look natural, and don’t take a lot of time to get there. No-prep dental veneers are one of the very best options for patients with these needs! There’s no need for lengthy treatments, take home kits, or months spent in orthodontics. Minimal prep veneers can correct the appearance of teeth that are:

  • Gapped
  • Crooked
  • Chipped / broken
  • Discolored
  • Misshapen

The process is very, very simple. At the initial consultation, the patient and dentist will discuss what aspects of the smile that the patient wants to change. The dentist will make suggestions regarding tooth size, shape, and coloration to meet these needs. An impression of the teeth will be taken and then sent to the no-prep veneer laboratory that specializes in the fabrication of these treatments.

At the next visit, the teeth will be lightly conditioned before the no-prep veneers are bonded directly to the tooth without any alteration to the enamel. That makes no-prep veneers completely reversible! The entire process can be completed in a very short appointment, making it easy to squeeze into your busy schedule. There is no need for anesthesia as there are no uncomfortable procedures, and patients can go right back to their normal routine as soon as the treatment is complete.

One of the most unique qualities of no-prep veneers is that they are slightly translucent in appearance. That gives them a more natural appearance, as tooth enamel has some translucency when you look at natural tooth anatomy. In the end, results are dramatic, but still look like they are real teeth.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Rosenman, Springfield Lorton Dental Group



Traditional Veneers and “No-Prep” Veneers

For many years, traditional porcelain veneers have been a popular alternative to transform stained or misaligned teeth into a beautiful, bright white smile.  Recent advances in veneer technology has led to the development of prepless or minimal prep veneers that can be an excellent alternative for many patients.

Veneers are wafer thin shells of porcelain or similar material that are bonded to the front of the patient’s teeth to create an aesthetically pleasing smile.  Veneers can be a very effective and relatively inexpensive solution for stained, yellowed, and misaligned teeth.  The entire process can be completed in a matter of a week or two and typically requires only two or three office visits.  Ease of placement and excellent results have made veneers a popular alternative to braces, whitening, caps, and other far more invasive and time consuming procedures.

However, placing traditional veneers requires shaping and preparing the surface of the patient’s teeth.  This procedure requires numbing with anesthetic and results in the permanent loss of the tooth enamel.  Once the veneers are placed, there is no going back.

Prepless veneers are attractive because they are so thin that they require no surface preparation or, at worst, very minimal surface preparation.  Anesthetic is usually not required and the veneers can be removed without damaging the patient’s teeth.

For the right patient, no prep veneers can be an excellent alternative.  They may not be the best choice for severely crooked teeth or heavily discolored teeth.  Your cosmetic dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and explain your options depending on your particular situation.

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