* Part 2 of a 3 part series*
You want to cosmetically enhance your smile but you don’t want the commitment that porcelain veneers would need. In the preparation process for porcelain veneers, a portion of the tooth is permanently reduced and this cannot be reversed. But, there is a way to avoid this permanent alteration to your teeth and still have the beautiful smile you want.
What are prepless veneers?
Prepless or no-prep veneers in the hands of a highly-skilled dentist can provide all the beauty of regular veneers, but with the virtue of being reversible. If you choose to have your prepless veneers removed your natural teeth will look the same as they did before the veneer placement.
How are prepless veneers applied?
The process for creation of the veneers is virtually the same as the process we described in the first blog post in our series on veneers – starting with a comprehensive smile analysis, the creation of prototypes to “try on” your new smile, (skipping step 3 on tooth preparation), creation of the final veneers by our award-winning master lab technician and placement over your teeth. They are bonded over the surface of your natural teeth providing a new surface that is more aesthetically pleasing in color, shape and size.
Who should use prepless veneers?
It’s true that prepless veneers are not for everyone. Teeth that are already relatively large or positioned forward are not benefited by adding another layer of thickness. But there are many situations where prepless veneers can be the right solution.
- Patients who have relatively small teeth that need enlarging and enhancing.
- Orthodontic cases that involved the extraction of teeth to solve crowding.
- Short, worn teeth. Prepless veneers can turn back the clock to younger looking teeth.
- Narrow smiles with inward slanting teeth on the sides.
- Teeth that need to be more visually present for aesthetic reasons. For example to balance large lips.
- Teeth that are genetically misshapen.
How do I know which to choose?
Actually, our dental team will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for prepless veneers or if other options would be better in your case. Part of the advanced training for prepless veneers involves the important aspect of proper case selection.
The doctors at Point Family Dentistry know that not every case lends itself to a prepless approach, but when it does, the results can be beautiful and durable in the hands of a skilled cosmetic dentist, with the added benefit of being reversible. Our dental team always put your unique oral health and esthetic goals first. We always make a point to ensure you’re satisfied and comfortable with your treatment from beginning to end.
Making over your smile is a commitment that takes careful thought and collaboration with your cosmetic dentist. Contact us or call us at (952) 881-8404 to make an appointment for your smile consultation.
You won’t want to miss the next part in our series that discusses how to choose the right cosmetic dentist for you.