What Are No-Prep Veneers?

Are you looking for an alternative to traditional dental veneer treatment? Something less invasive? Maybe you’ve look into cosmetic bonding but didn’t think that was right for you. There are many low-prep and no-prep veneers options on the market today. Although not all veneer cases lend themselves to low-prep or no-prep, your dentist can tell you whether or not you are a candidate. But first, what exactly are no-prep veneers?

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Veneers can be done without drilling on the teeth at all. These six teeth had only minor adjustments and no temporaries were needed.

Traditional vs. No-Prep

Traditional veneer placement requires the removal of tooth structure equal to the thickness of the veneer. This allows the veneer to lie flush with the other teeth. Sometimes more than just the tooth enamel needs removing which makes the procedure irreversible. Also, it is common to receive a local anesthetic before removing tooth structure.

With no-prep veneers, tooth structure may also need to be modified, but not to the extent required for traditional veneers. There is no extensive grinding, cutting, or filing down. Because it is a less-invasive procedure, there is often no need for a local anesthetic either. Both traditional and no-prep veneers are adhesively bonded to the facial surface, or front, of the teeth.


No-prep veneers are a suitable treatment for many conditions including:

  • Teeth that look too small
  • Worn down teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Gaps or spaces between teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

If you have any one of the above conditions, or simply would like a smile makeover, contact Dr. Fondriest for a complete cosmetic evaluation.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist

Aside from providing dependable 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 Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, 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.

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