So you have decided to get veneers to improve your smile. Do you know the different types of veneers available? With one or more custom-designed porcelain veneers, you can completely transform your smile without needing extensive dental treatment. In fact, in addition to their highly lifelike appearance, porcelain veneers’ ability to preserve your healthy teeth is one of the reasons why they’re so popular. In some cases, your dentist may even be able to place a veneer without altering your tooth structure at all. To help you decide if you should receive minimal or no-prep veneers, your dentist will perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth, and then consult with you about your personal preferences.
Wondering What Traditional Veneers Could Do for Your Smile?
Traditional preparation veneers can be used to fix a great many cosmetic issues, such as:
- Correct gaps between the teeth in far less time than orthodontic treatment
- Hide permanent stains or drastic discoloration that whitening alone cannot correct
- Make disproportionally small or oddly shaped teeth look more uniform
- Fix jagged edges or noticeable wear along the teeth
- Create the appearance of a more symmetrical and brighter smile
Minimal Prep Porcelain Veneers
Minimal prep veneers are becoming a more popular type of veneers. To place them, your well trained cosmetic dentist will prepare your teeth by sculpting a small amount of enamel from their front surfaces. Only a thin portion is sculpted, usually less than 0.5 mm, which is the typical thickness of a porcelain veneer. The preparation allows your custom-designed veneer to sit comfortably and flush with the rest of your healthy, natural teeth. Minimal prep veneers are often ideal when you have multiple tooth blemishes, but your tooth structure is otherwise strong and healthy. This type of veneer is technically more difficult to create. Less well trained dentists tend to leave large open margins and overhangs which shorten service life.
No-Prep Porcelain Veneers
While veneers are already minimally invasive, we can often provide even more conservative treatment with no-prep veneers. Crafted from the same lifelike porcelain, but made thinner than traditional veneers, no-prep veneers can be bonded to your teeth without having to permanently alter their enamel. If you qualify, no-prep veneers may be the optimal way to improve your smile’s appearance and protect the long-term health of your teeth and smile.
Learn More About Minimal and No-Prep Veneers
Depending on the nature and extent of your tooth blemishes, your dentist might recommend minimal or no-prep veneers to help you preserve a maximum amount of your tooth structure. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.