Veneers without drilling | No-Prep Veneer


Teamed with world famous ceramist Master Ceramist Matt Roberts CDT, our office is proud to announce the development of “No-Preparation” or “Minimum-Preparation Veneer” systems, the newest most advanced conservative dental restorative product in the world today. One of the newer innovations in cosmetic dentistry is

Tooth Veneers without drilling

VENEERS WITHOUT DRILLING     The strength and beauty of the porcelain we use allows for cosmetic coverage of blemishes and or discolorations on your teeth while still being able to stand up to night grinding. Almost no drilling was done on this patient’s teeth to do these veneers. We removed some old composite filling material on one tooth. Another tooth was tipped forward and we had to trim a bit to make it flush with her other front teeth.  Click image to enlarge.


the technological development of dental porcelains used for no-prep veneers or regular thickness porcelain laminates that can be created ultra-thin (as thin as 0.2mm) and still be strong and durable. Low preparation means only a small amount of drilling or tooth reduction is performed. No-preparation veneer styles still allow Dr. Fondriest to restore smiles with natural contours (not thick or overcontoured) with zero or minimal tooth reduction! Most veneer porcelain types are extremely brittle and will easily break during the bonding process when made thinner than 0.5mm thickness. This new non-brittle porcelain can be made in especially thin sheets that will bond without cracking.  The healthy tooth enamel is maintained.  In many cases no anesthesia is required to create and deliver these beautiful restorations.

This thin porcelain allows multiple artistic layers for esthetics

Unlike the similar highly marketed product, Lumineers™, our no or minimal reduction versions can be built with multiple artistic layers with varying colors and levels of translucency of porcelain as opposed to the single colored one-dimensional Lumineers. Much greater and natural esthetics can be achieved with no removal of enamel.

Veneers without drilling for healthy teeth

Many patients are uneasy and hesitant about having any enamel removed, especially when the teeth are in a healthy condition. No-preparation  or low-preparation laminates offer the conservatism of composite bonding while delivering the durability and beauty of regular porcelain veneers. These  paper-thin translucent ceramic sheets are basically show-through and manifest a contact lens effect, allowing the normal color of the natural enamel beneath to come through while fixing any imperfections or blemishes and improving the overall shape and symmetry.  This type of restoration is especially useful when the teeth are too small, due to wear or genes.

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

The amount of reduction is a factor that needs significant discussion when planning your treatment choices. The amount of tooth reduction should be thoroughly planned out in every tooth veneer case.  There are positives and negatives with both heavy and light enamel removal which significantly affect the quality of outcome. A veneer with minimal reduction is a good choice when modest improvement in symmetry and tooth alignment is desired as well as making a more uniform surface morphology. The best cases for the more conservative designs are those without diastemas (gaps or spaces between the teeth), no gingival recession, or loss of gum papill

Tooth Veneers without drilling

The demographics of smile makeovers is changing very quickly nationwide. Smile makeovers are no longer solely the domain of 30 to 50 year olds. Now we are finding more of our elective cosmetic cases are being requested by women over the age of 60. This patient always wanted a beautiful smile and finally at age 77, asked for it! Most of the upper teeth in this photograph are covered by thin sheaths of ceramic fashioned to create the contours that this very sophisticated client from Chicago’s Gold Coast requested. Before and after photos of tooth veneers for bruxers who was also a bruxer (had worn teeth due to nightime tooth grinding).

ae (black triangles).  Conservatively prepared laminates are not a good choice when the goal is to change the brightness of the teeth.

If the case selection is not ideal, minimal-preparation laminates can be more technically challenging for the practitioner and the technician than with conventional designs.  The practitioner is responsible t

o control undercuts, create a line of draw, and

to hide margins.  Significant improvements in outcome can be achieved with small amounts of tooth preparation to create a margin, to open buccal and incisal embrasures, to ensure a line of

draw, and to round out sharp edges.

The Philosophy of Minimally Invasive and Conservative 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 optional cosmetic driven dental restorations, the doctor will do as little drilling as possible to fulfill the goals of the procedure.  This is especially important with elective cosmetic care.  Many dentists will drill teeth down to small stumps when it is not necessary.  Because nothing is permanent, the heavy loss of tooth structure precludes multiple replacements and it limits future restorative options.  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.

Temporaries are not required

There are many attractive reasons why the practitioner would want a case to be minimal preparation. When minimal tooth reduction is done, there is less preparation time and, thus, a shorter appointment. Anesthetic is either not needed or it is used sparingly. The fact that no or limited tooth structure is removed means intermediate provisional restorations are not required. Although accurate impressions are just as critical with minimal-preparation techniques, the invasiveness and difficulty of the impression technique is diminished. With less preparation, there is a likelihood of retaining more enamel, which increases bond strength and the long-term integrity of the margins. This adds to the durability and longevity of the

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 veneers with only a small amount of enamel removal. These low preparation veneers were done to lengthen them and to fill the gaps or spaces between her teeth and to broaden her smile.

final restorations. If, after completion of the evaluation steps above, there are a few areas of limitation that are not global in nature, this is where minimal preparation comes into play.

Advantages of Normal Preparation Over No-Prep Veneers

  • The ability to drill improves the ability to make the teeth straight and symmetrical
  • More control of buccal/lingual placement of incisal edges
  • Better control of midline alignment
  • Shade changes are easier without creating unnatural opacity
  • Less bulky emergence contours, especially on the cuspids
  • 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

Before and after example of or minimally invasive veneers 

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


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