What are no-prep veneers?
No-preparation veneers, or low-preparation veneers, are cosmetic restorations which enhance your smile with as little tooth reduction as possible. No-preparation veneers are made with porcelain restorations as thin as .2 mm. To put this size into perspective, .2mm is about as thin as a piece of paper, or more than twice as thin as the average mechanical pencil lead. Artistically crafted, ultra-thin porcelain shells are placed individually over the front of each tooth in your smile.
What are the benefits of no-prep veneers?
No-prep porcelain veneers can round and smooth jagged or sharp tooth edges, create a more uniform smile, cover some light surface discoloration, and correct other modest smile imperfections. No-prep veneers differ from traditional porcelain veneers or dental bonding because this procedure does not require much tooth surface removal. Since the enamel of the tooth remains intact, the tooth is stronger, the restoration can adhere better, and the tooth retains optimal health. Since the restoration is as thin as a sheet of paper, the cosmetic enhancement will not seem as cumbersome or difficult to adjust to with speech and eating in the week following treatment.
Can an ultra-thin veneer be durable?
Yes, no-preparation veneers from Dr. James Fondriest have the possibility to last a lifetime with proper oral care. With other porcelain material, thicknesses less than .5mm have a higher risk of cracking. Our veneers are made with non-brittle material so that the restoration is stronger. In fact, Dr Fondriest partners with world famous ceramist Matt Roberts, CDT to make state-of-the-art cosmetic enhancements such as no-preparation or low-preparation veneers.
What are some special considerations for no-preparation veneers?
While no-prep veneers remove as little tooth structure as possible, or remove no tooth structure at all, the procedure is still not reversible. The ultra-thin porcelain shells will cover modest smile imperfections but not all cosmetic enhancements will benefit from this treatment. If you would like to whiten your teeth with veneers, consider teeth whitening treatments before veneer placement since the restorations are toot thin to cover excessive tooth staining. No-preparation veneers will not significantly enhance the brightness of your smile.
We encourage our patients to contact us with questions about how to improve their smile with minimally invasive methods. To schedule an appointment at our Chicago dentist office, contact us at (847) 234-0517. We serve patients from throughout the Chicago area.