Veneers without drilling | No Prep Veneers

Tooth Veneers without drilling

VENEERS WITHOUT DRILLING We can now change tooth shapes and cover stains without drilling. A type of E Max porcelain has been developed that is both strong and beautiful. It will stand up to night grinding. No Prep Veneers were done on this patient’s teeth to make this perfect smile.


Teamed with world famous Master Ceramist Matt Roberts CDT, our office is proud to announce the development of “no prep veneers“. This advancement in cosmetic dental treatment allows trained dentists to do veneers without drilling on the teeth. It is now possible because of a new porcelain that has been developed. This is the newest most advanced porcelain in the world todayIt was created to be used for no prep veneers that can be made as thin as 0.2mm. These ultra-thin ceramics are very strong and durable.

A less brittle porcelain

Tooth Veneers without drilling

Smile makeovers are no longer solely the domain of 30 to 50 year olds. Now we are finding more elective cosmetic cases are on women over the age of 60. This patient always wanted a beautiful smile and finally at age 77, asked for it! Most of her upper teeth were covered. We created the contours that this very sophisticated client from Chicago’s Gold Coast requested. She had worn teeth due to nighttime tooth grinding. See her Before and after photos

Most porcelains are extremely brittle. Regular veneers as thick as 0.5mm will easily break during the bonding process. This new non-brittle porcelain can be made in very thin sheets that bond without cracking. This allows the healthy natural tooth to be maintained. In many cases no Novacaine is required to create these beautiful restorations.

Veneers without drilling for healthy teeth

Many patients are uneasy and hesitant about having any tooth structure removed, especially when the teeth are in a healthy condition. No prep or low prep versions offer the conservatism of composite bonding while delivering the durability and beauty of regular versions. These paper-thin ceramic sheets are like contact lenses. They allow the normal color of the natural enamel to come through while covering the blemishes.

What determines how much drilling is needed to do a veneer?

Not all cosmetic dentists do the same amount of planning prior to doing your makeover. The amount of tooth reduction should be thoroughly planned out. We spend a great deal of time determining the exact amount of drilling if any is needed to reach your goals.

There are positives and negatives with both heavy and light enamel removal which significantly affect the quality of outcome. A veneer without drilling is a good choice when modest improvement in symmetry and tooth alignment is desired. It is also perfect for making a more uniform tooth surface. The best cases for veneers without drilling are those without spaces between the teeth and no gum recession. No prep veneers are not a good choice when the goal is to change the brightness of the teeth. When ultra-thin veneers are planned, tooth bleaching is commonly done first.

When the candidate for no prep veneers is not ideal, minimally invasive dentistry can be more challenging for the doctor and the ceramist than with the regular designs. The dentist is responsible to control undercuts, create a line of draw, and to hide margins. Big improvements in outcome can be achieved with very small amounts of drilling.

No preparation veneers

Veneers can now be done totally without drilling or only a small amount of drilling on the teeth. This patient had ten prepless veneers with only a small amount of enamel removal. They were done to lengthen them and to fill the gaps or spaces between her teeth and to broaden her smile.

The Philosophy of Conservative and Minimally Invasive Dentistry

Respecting the value of the original natural tissue

Said another way, nothing artificial is as good as what Mother Nature has created. Dr. Fondriest tries to do the minimum necessary to restore your teeth to their natural healthy condition.  When doing elective cosmetic dentistry, the doctor should still do as little drilling as possible to fulfill the goals of the procedure.

Many dentists will drill teeth down to small stumps when it is not necessary. It is done because it is easier for them. Heavy drilling for elective dentistry is bad! You only have so much tooth. It will never grow back. If it is ground off, the tooth is weaker and there might not be enough tooth for the tooth be fixed again. Our goal is to limit the amount of drilling to the minimum, helping our patients keep their natural teeth in a healthy state throughout their lifetimes. This may mean that a short time with braces will help.

Temporaries are not required

There are other reasons why you would want no drilling. You will have a shorter appointment. You get less or no Novocain. The fact that no or limited enamel is removed means temporaries are not required. Although accurate impressions are just as critical with no prep dentistry, the invasiveness and difficulty of the impression is less. With less drilling, there is more tooth enamel, which increases the strength of the bond. This makes the dental veneers stronger and last longer.

Advantages of traditional over no prep veneers

  • The more you want the tooth shapes and positions changed, more drilling is needed
  • Better control of midline alignment
  • Making the teeth whiter is easier
  • Less bulky tooth contours, especially on the eye teeth
  • It is easier for the dentist to place the restorations with multiple lines of draw
  • Less technique-sensitive for the dentist and technician
  • Easier to hide margins or the edges of the restorations
  • More symmetrical shapes, especially of lateral incisors
  • Nicer surface textures
  • Nicer incisal characterization
  • Easier smile design

Learn more about the possibilities with minimal preparation veneers

We have never had a client that was sad that they took the journey of getting cosmetic dentistry. If you asking yourself “are veneers worth it?“, we suggest that yes they are!

Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist. He serves clients from throughout the United States 

Before and after example of minimally invasive veneers