What are thin veneers?
Low-preparation veneers, or ultra thin veneers are durable 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 low preparation veneers?
Thin 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.
Thin 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 thin veneers?
While low-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 veneer 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. Ultra thin veneers are durable but 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.
Porcelain Veneers Offer Natural-looking Enhancements
Many of the same reasons porcelain is used for many modern dental crowns, are why so many patients opt to use porcelain veneers to correct their cosmetic concerns. Veneers are also a popular choice for enhancement, year-after-year, because of how comprehensively they can improve a smile. From hiding minor gaps between the teeth, to improving the appearance of teeth that seem small or misshapen, to hiding permanent staining, veneers can do wonders for the smile!
Veneers Are Strong
They look quite delicate before we bond them to your teeth, since they are super-thin shells crafted out of layers of porcelain. Everything about veneers screams “fragile!” but they provide patients with exceptional durability. You will not need to worry about your smile cracking under pressure. Second to your own natural teeth, veneers are known for their resilience and strength.
They Resist Staining
Friends or family may bring up a good point: Your natural teeth stain, so won’t the veneers end up looking discolored, too? Another wonderful long-term benefit of porcelain veneers is their stain resistance. You can continue eating the foods you enjoy without feeling the need to avoid common staining agents like tea or coffee. The new, brighter smile you achieve is something you can expect to enjoy for a long time to come.
Daily Upkeep Is Simple
It is natural and commendable to worry about whether you are prepared to care for your new smile. Again, one of the wonderful advantages of veneers is that they do not require care any different from your natural teeth. Like the care we suggest for your own smile, you should adhere to the following hygiene guidelines:
- Avoid abrasive products that can damage veneers, enamel, and gum tissue
- Use a soft-bristle toothbrush
- Brush twice a day for two minutes each time
- Floss once daily
Minimally invasive dentistry embraces all aspects of the dental profession. Preventive dentistry is the first defense against invasive treatments. Next are minimally invasive treatment options which include repairing rather than replacing resin-based composite restorations, or removing and replacing with as little tissue loss as possible. Then there are minimally invasive treatments such as “No-Prep” or “Minimum-Prep” veneers. Ultra-thin (0.2mm), yet durable and strong, no or low-prep laminates require zero or minimal tooth reduction. They are fabricated from wafer-thin, non-brittle porcelain with esthetics that blend with your natural dentition. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure but are uneasy about having your tooth enamel removed, discuss no-preparation or low-preparation veneers with your dentist. Dr. Fondriest is an advocate of minimally invasive dentistry and regardless of the procedure he will remove as little of your natural tooth structure as possible.
Learn more about the durability of thin veneers
In recent years the dental profession has moved toward the practice of minimally invasive dentistry. At the heart of minimally invasive dentistry is respect for the natural tooth structure and original tissue of the patient. The patient’s original healthy tissue is of more biological value than a non-biological fabricated replacement. The first and foremost way of practicing minimally invasive dentistry is through preventive treatment, by preventing dental disease from occurring, or if it occurs, intercepting its progress. But when preventive treatment fails, preserving the natural tissue with minimally invasive dental treatments is of the utmost importance.