Minimal & No-Prep Veneers: An Overview
Cosmetic Dentist in Plano, Dr. Mark Sowell is proud to provide you with additional options for creating your ideal smile. We offer low and no-prep dental veneer products as a solution for a wide range of cosmetic concerns.
“Like anything in dentistry, minimal prep and no-prep veneers can be a great solution,” says Dr. Sowell, a Plano cosmetic dentist. “However, they are not the solution for every patient. The best way to find out if minimal-prep veneers are the solution for you is to come and evaluate your smile with me. Then we’ll know if they are the right option for you.”
No-prep means the dentist does not reshape the teeth to make room for the bonding or porcelain that he is going to add. In certain cases, this can have an acceptable esthetic result if the teeth are small, set back in the mouth, and spaced ideally. If these conditions are not present, the result can look like the person has bucked teeth. Dr. Sowell also offers porcelain veneers for patients needing a more customized solution to their needs.
Minimal prep and no-prep veneers are actually dental veneers custom-made in dental laboratories. In reality, any porcelain veneer material from any lab can be made to bond to a tooth without preparation. The question is, “What will it look like?” Very thin veneers have limitations as to how much they can lighten dark teeth, for example.
Most patients who request no-prep veneer treatment in our Plano, TX dentist office, are younger people who are afraid their teeth will be damaged by reshaping. For these patients, we often suggest direct or transitional bonding.
No-Prep Veneers: What to Expect
Tooth bonding procedures can be accomplished with minimal or no preparation if your teeth are healthy to begin with. As long as the preparation stays on the enamel, the bond is stronger than the tooth itself. Bonding is actually an affordable and effective solution that is often overlooked in cosmetic dentistry.
It is one of the easiest and fastest methods to instantly rejuvenate your teeth and smile. In 30 years of practice, Dr. Sowell has never seen someone’s tooth damaged from a bonding or dental porcelain veneer he has placed.
The Best Results for the Right Situation
In the right situations where the proper conditions exist, no-prep or minimal-prep veneers can give excellent results with great longevity. The key is a highly skilled ceramist because the veneers are so thin that they are difficult to create and manage.
Our in-house ceramist is a master at creating these types of very thin, natural-looking porcelain veneers. Ultra-thin porcelain veneers can be a great solution for patients with inclining teeth or for those who need enamel build-up. Plano dentist Dr. Sowell may also recommend placement of Durathin veneers or Lumineers for patients who do not want to invest the time required for orthodontics.
No-Prep Porcelain Veneers Before & After
Dr. Sowell performed gum leveling as well as bondable empress porcelain veneers on the upper teeth to correct tooth discoloration and project a fuller smile.
Do no-prep veneers ruin your teeth?
No. They can be used to repair damaged teeth. They can also be used to hide cosmetic tooth damage, and reshape the appearance of your smile.
How long will my minimal or no-prep veneers last?
With diligent daily dental hygiene and regular bi-yearly dental visits, Lumineers can last over 20 years. Our dentist is highly experienced in making sure that he uses the most reliable tools, and best materials to provide you with lasting results.
Are Lumineers cheaper than porcelain veneers?
Yes. Traditionally tooth bonding with veneers is a cost-effective option versus choosing porcelain restorations. This is because porcelain veneers require more steps and use more durable materials.
Can veneers get stained?
Not in most cases. They are made of a stain-resistant material. In some cases of excessive smoking, stains can occur.
Can veneers replace missing teeth?
No. Dental veneers can be used to hide the appearance of cosmetic imperfections, but not replace an entire tooth structure. Dental implants would be your best choice to replace missing teeth.