Working as a cosmetic dentist, many patients ask me "What are no prep veneers?"
No-prep veneers are minimal preparation veneers or non invasive veneers so thin that little to no tooth reduction is necessary, while traditional porcelain veneers are much thicker, requiring the grinding down of your original tooth structure. (photo below shows patient's right-hand side with veneers try-in and her left-hand side are her natural teeth.)
Patients come to the office to have an evaluation of their teeth. We take impressions, send them to the lab, and in about four weeks, we receive the veneers and place them. But the most extraordinary part of this procedure is that we don't use a needle or anesthesia to numb the area that we are working on; This means no grinding and drilling!
People who have problems with tetracycline stains, no-prep veneers are an excellent option because they can change the color of their teeth all at once, in most cases in only three visits. Patients that have been waiting for years to close those gaps with braces, no-prep veneers are an excellent option for them, because they don't need to wait for several years, they don't have to wear wires on their teeth, they can change the shade of their teeth to a whiter color, and also improve their shape. All of this can happen in just three visits. Isn't that great?
No-prep veneers are also a good option for those who have short teeth that do not show when they smile. Cosmetic dentists can make a significant change, by giving them a natural proportion and length to create a new beautiful smile, and it is as easy as coming for a "record taking" visit (which means taking some impressions without anesthesia and also taking pictures of your smile). We send the impressions and pictures to the lab to make "mock-up teeth," which is a guide for their new smile, and after three to four weeks we deliver the veneers.
No-prep veneers are for all ages. It is becoming more common to see the younger generations choosing to do this procedure instead of doing braces. They like seeing the results without waiting for many years. It is especially significant when they have a big event coming up, like a wedding or a work interview. Believe it or not, this will change people's lives by giving them a boost of confidence, where they won't be afraid to show off their smile.
It is fantastic to see these results on patients that come to the office. Patients come in quiet and nervous. But after a couple of weeks when we finish placing veneers, they look cheerful and confident with their new smile.
No Prep Veneers Try-in. Long side are veneers on her own teeth and short side are her own non-prepped teeth.
We truly enjoy seeing the results on every patient.
So next time when you visit our office please do not hesitate on coming to me and asking, "Hey Veronica! Tell me about the non-prep smile makeover!" I'll be glad to share all the information with you!
Lumineers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Lumineers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. The Centers currently partnership with the well-known dental supply company for the new veneers service called: Lumineer. Our clients are consulted with our staff and also with the proper information for the new technology.