Veneers with no or little tooth reduction
The patient’s goals were to straighten his smile, close diastemas (gaps between teeth), and to make his teeth show more evenly in his smile. There was interest in brightening the teeth, but not if it meant bleaching for very long. He was open to increasing brightness if it could be done with the restorations. The patient would not consider orthodontics as an option. He was getting married in 8 weeks and his fiance encouraged him to do it before the wedding. Read more of this story.
Prep-less Veneers - Little or no drilling
Seven prep-less veneers were done to improve his smile with only subtle reduction of tooth structure at the gum line. No temporaries were needed because it was difficult to see the important and often skipped preparation lines tucked underneath the gumline. Creating a receiving margin improves the longterm gingival health and reduces possibility of marginal staining years after delivery. In the hands of a specially trained technician, these E Max monolithic porcelain veneers can be thinned to 0.2mm in thickness.
Why Less Drilling Yields Optimal Results
Traditionally, veneers required substantial alteration of the natural teeth. Now, there are no-prep or minimal-prep alternatives. When placing custom restorations at Lake Forest Dental Arts, there are several reasons why Dr. James Fondriest limits tooth reduction. For example, with less drilling:
- Appointments can be shorter
- Local anesthesia is often not required
- Temporary veneers, which are incredibly time consuming, may not be necessary
- Necessary impressions are less invasive
- More natural tooth structure can be preserved
- The bond between the natural tooth and restoration is stronger
No-prep or Prep-less Veneers Require Exceptional Skill
There are only a handful of cases in which optimal results can be achieved with absolutely no preparation. True, there are certain marketing ads which may suggest otherwise; but remember that overall quality is measured by aesthetics, cleansability, and longevity. To achieve overall success, some modest and subtle reduction is usually necessary. While it is easier and faster for the dentist to make crowns and veneers with heavy reduction, great care is necessary when placing no-prep or prep-less restorations. It is common for a poorly trained practitioner to leave large “over-hangs” (porcelain that does not have a good fit) while attempting to provide full coverage of visible parts. These overhangs lead to difficult or impossible cleaning. If you cannot clean the teeth properly, recurrent decay, stains, or gum problems will inevitably develop.
Contact Lake Forest Dental Arts
If you would like to learn more about dental veneers at our Chicago, IL practice, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest by calling 847-234-0517. Taking your unique, personal goals into account, we can help you achieve the bright, dazzling smile you’ve always wanted.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States