Research into the psychology of smiling indicates that your smile can have a huge influence on your professional, social, and romantic relationships. If you hide your smile due to insecurities over the shape, size, color, or general appearance of your teeth, you could be perceived as insecure, reserved, or even unfriendly. Luckily, you don’t have to live life covering up your smile and missing out on rewarding interpersonal relationships. Your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, offers a revolutionary new smile solution known as prepless veneers, an ultrathin variety of porcelain veneers that can dramatically improve the look of your smile.
What are Prepless Veneers?
When your dentist place traditional porcelain veneers, he must remove some of your enamel to allow the veneer to rest naturally along the gum line. Many patients feel uneasy about removing a large amount of enamel, especially if they have healthy teeth. With prepless, or “minimum prep,” veneers, Dr. Fondriest will only need to perform a small amount of enamel preparation, if any at all. Prepless veneers are constructed of a state-of-the-art type of dental porcelain that remains non-brittle, even when very thin. Since little or no preparation is needed, prepless veneers offer a cosmetic solution as conservative as dental bonding with the translucency and durability of porcelain.
How Much Enamel Preparation Will My Teeth Require?
Dr. Fondriest will determine this on a case-by-case basis after considering several factors, including:
- The strength of your existing enamel.
- The color and general condition of your teeth.
- Your smile goals and how the veneers will achieve that goal. As much an artist as a dentist, Dr. Fondriest and his team of skilled ceramists can create completely customized veneers that can make your smile look larger, smaller, younger, more symmetrical, or more feminine or masculine. The final look of your smile depends on your specific goals and ideas about what a beautiful smile looks like.
- As a general rule, you will require less enamel preparation if you do not have any gaps between teeth and have little or no gum recession.
How Do You Make Veneers Look So Real?
Some commercially available prepless veneers have one-dimensional color and result in a flat, slightly off look. Our world-class ceramists create your prepless veneers by hand, layering extremely thin pieces of translucent porcelain over a supporting layer of stronger, but less transparent, porcelain. After shaping, glazing, and staining the veneer down to the smallest detail to precisely mimic the look of your natural teeth, Dr. Fondriest will permanently bond your prepless veneers into place. Your custom smile transformation will be complete and you won’t have to sacrifice your natural tooth structure to achieve it.
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule a consultation, contact us at (847) 234-0517. A 60045 cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest proudly offers cosmetic dentistry services to patients from Lake Forest and the North Shore suburbs near Chicago.