Porcelain Veneers: Prep Questions

When you’re thinking that porcelain veneers may be your answer to your smile concerns, you will quickly discover that there are two major categories you will be faced with: Prep or no-prep veneers. If you’re not even that familiar with veneers yet, this may not mean much to you at first glance. It will, however, cause you to wonder which is going to be required for you, what exactly all of this means, and how to proceed. We encourage you to begin this intro to your veneer journey with answers to frequently asked questions.

Questions and Answers

Question: What does the “prep” refer to when we’re talking about porcelain veneers?

Answer: When we say that we may need to prep your teeth, keep in mind that it is a very conservative process. We will remove a tiny bit of your enamel (the outer layer of your teeth). We will use a gentle process through which we smooth down the tooth.

Question: Why might I require preparation for my veneers?

Answer: We may decide that you will benefit from prep-included porcelain veneers because your teeth require significant changes. Perhaps you have significant problems with texture or want a dramatic change with the shape of your teeth. As a result, to create an impressive transformation and fit, prep is often required.

Question: Who might end up qualifying for no-prep veneers?

Answer: If you are planning on receiving veneers but you are not choosing them for a very dramatic change, you may not require any type of prep. Teeth may already be ready for placement, in which case there is no need to remove any enamel.

Learn More About Veneers For Your Smile

Come in for a consultation, so we may talk about how veneers may help improve the beauty of your smile, while answering questions. Feel free to schedule a visit with Dr. Fondriest by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago, including Winnetka, Highland Park, North Brook, Glenview, and the surrounding communities.