What Does No- or Low-Prep Veneers Mean?

womanquestionYou already know that veneers can offer you a world of improvement when it comes to achieving a more beautiful, perfected smile. Now that you finally have a solid understanding of what a veneer is – a thin ceramic casing that we place over the visible portion of each tooth – you may be surprised to know you have another option to consider. Though all veneers are thin, no- and low-prep porcelain veneers are extremely thin. You are likely asking yourself what the difference is, why you might want this treatment, and whether you qualify as a candidate. If you are ready to learn more, look over the following and feel free to contact us to schedule your visit.

Why So Thin?

You may wonder why we would want to make veneers any thinner than they already are. Fortunately, the answer is simple: We offer these super-thin options for patients whose teeth require only mild improvement. Traditional porcelain veneers require preparation of your tooth, which means we will remove a minimal portion of your tooth’s outermost layer to promote an excellent fit – we need room to place the veneer. In cases of moderate to severe cosmetic damage (or the desire for extreme changes), the coverage of traditional veneers offers exceptional benefits, which makes the preparation completely worthwhile.

However, for patients suffering from only mild imperfections, removing tooth tissue is often unnecessary. We always strive to preserve the greatest amount of your natural tooth tissue possible. The thinner the veneer, the less tissue we need to remove.

What Can I Expect?

We will examine your smile to determine whether you make a good candidate for no or low-prep veneers. If so, we will work in conjunction with our world-class master ceramicist to create custom-made veneers only approximately 0.2mm thick. You can still expect extraordinary durability and natural beauty. However, in many cases, we will be able to bond the porcelain veneer directly to your tooth without making any alterations for beautiful, minimally invasive treatment.

About us

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.