Instant change to the teeth in the smile zone
Working as a cosmetic dentist, many patients ask me, "What are no-prep veneers?" No-prep veneers are minimal preparation veneers(minimal prep) or noninvasive veneers so thin that little to no tooth reduction is necessary (focuses only on tooth enamel for minimal removal and installation, requiring less tooth preparation). In contrast, traditional porcelain veneers are much thicker, requiring the grinding down of your original tooth structure(photo below shows the patient's right-hand side with veneers try-in, and her left-hand side is her natural teeth). In short, no-prep veneers are an alternative to traditional veneers.
Who can benefit from no-prep veneers?
No-prep veneers are suitable for people with short teeth or small teeth or people who do not show their teeth when they smile. Instead of waiting for several years to close teeth gap with braces, a patient with short or small teeth can have a whiter and natural teeth shape in just three visits.
The cosmetic dentist puts a thin porcelain "veneer" on the teeth to hide the imperfections and create a more symmetrical smile. Previously, veneers required the dentist to shave a small portion of the enamel so that each piece fits the natural teeth. Today, many patients opt for no-prep veneers. These veneers are so thin that you don't need to drill or shave to adjust them and look natural.
No-prep veneers or minimally invasive ones are an excellent option to correct the discoloration caused by tetracycline. They can change your teeth color at once, in most cases, in only three visits if you're suffering from tetracycline staining. Instead of trying to remove the stains with a whitening solution, veneers cover them up completely.
People with tetracycline stains are light brown or pale gray discoloration of teeth caused by antibiotic intake. This type of teeth stain is challenging to bleach since it can take more than a couple of months, and whitening does not guarantee to make stained teeth whiter and remove the stain. We typically like to give our patients a few different treatment options but with tetracycline staining, getting veneers is the only way to get rid of that gray discoloration.
What is the process like?
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 unusual process of this procedure is that we don't use a needle or anesthesia to numb the area we are working on; This means no pain and scary feelings!
A perfect smile takes a few visits to the dentist.
Cosmetic dentists can make a significant change by giving them a natural proportion and length to create a new beautiful smile. It is as easy as coming for a "record taking" visit (which means taking some impressions without anesthesia and taking pictures of your smile). We send the impressions and photographs to the lab to make "mock-up teeth," which guides their new smile, and after three to four weeks, we deliver the veneers.
What are tetracycline stains?
Before the 80s, doctors prescribed the antibiotic tetracycline to everyone, including pregnant women and toddlers. Tetracycline is a necessary antibiotic that treats everything from urinary tract infections to acne. The effect of the drug was evident. Babies who were in the womb when their mother took tetracycline and children who took tetracycline at an early age developed a grayish or brownish "belt" on their permanent teeth.
- What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
- When do I need a crown?
- What's the differences between dental bonding and veneers?
- Are dental bridges better than implants?
- Are dental implants better than bridges and dentures?
- Are veneers better thatn bonding? How much are tooth veneers?
- How can I fix teeth that sticking out?
- What is the quickest way to get straight teeth?
- Lengthen Short Teeth with tooth reconstruction?
- Single tooth replacement
- No-prep veneers or Prepless Veneers
Giving people the smile they want is our passion!
Dr. Shimizu is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. There are 417 dental professionals worldwide (Only six in Houston area) as of 2021 who have achieved this prestigious honor.