How long do no prep veneers last?

You may have heard of dental veneers. You may even know someone who has them. Dental veneers are usually made of porcelain and are ultra-thin shells that are bonded to the front of your natural teeth. The removal of tooth structure is required to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. This allows the veneer to lie flush with the other teeth. Now there is an alternative to a porcelain veneer: a non-prep veneer. Take our true and false quiz below to find out how much you know about no-prep veneers.

True Or False?

  1. True or False: No-prep veneers do not require the removal of as much tooth structure as traditional veneers.
  2. True or False: Regardless of which type of veneer your choose, both require a local anesthetic.
  3. True or False: Both types of veneers require bonding to the tooth.
  4. True or False: No-prep veneers can only be used for discolored teeth.


  1. True: Traditional veneer placement requires the removal of tooth structure equal to the thickness of the veneer. No-prep veneers are a less-invasive procedure. Although some cases may require minimal reduction of tooth structure to accommodate the no-prep veneers, it is not as much as is required for traditional veneers. No extensive filing, cutting, or grinding is required.
  2. False: Although the procedure to place a traditional veneer does require a local anesthetic, no-prep or low-prep veneers do not.
  3. True: Both traditional and no-prep veneers are adhesively bonded to the front surface of the tooth.
  4. False: No-prep ultra thin veneers can be used to treat a variety of conditions including: stained or discolored teeth; misaligned or misshapen teeth; spaces and gaps between teeth; worn teeth that have become too short; teeth that are too small; chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist

Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is a former adjunct Associate  Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.