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No Prep Veneers

Dental veneers are an easy, no hassle way for patients to have their complete smile transformed. Veneers are able to correct the appearance of tooth discoloration, whiten teeth, close spaces or gaps between the teeth, make the teeth appear straighter without the use of braces.  Because the changes are completed in just a simple application, patients immediately benefit from the self confidence that a smile makeover brings.

Unlike other dental restorations, veneers are placed on the front of the teeth strictly to change their appearance.   One drawback to traditional veneers has been that a thin layer of tooth enamel normally must be removed from the surfact of the tooth where the veneer will be placed.  This makes the procedure irreversible.

However,  new prepless veneers like Lumineers, Vivaneers, and Durathin Veneers require no tooth preparation and are a conservative way for patients to change the entire appearance of their teeth. They are thin and natural in appearance, made in a shade that the patient and dentist choose. Patients find them extremely comfortable and easy to care for.  They are minimally or non invasive, and require little to no tooth preparation whatsoever in order for them to be placed onto the natural tooth.

Patients that are considering no prep dental veneers should first see their dentist to determine that there are no other concerns in the affected teeth. The dentist will then take an impression of the patient’s teeth and use the model to fabricate the custom-fitted veneers. Because each patient’s mouth is unique, the teeth are custom designed to appear as natural in shape and color as possible. Once the veneers are made, the application is very simple and takes a relatively short amount of time. Each tooth is conditioned and the veneer bonded directly to the enamel surface. Patients with dental veneers can enjoy a more beautiful smile for years to come.



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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