No prep veneers are a relatively new advancement in dentistry. Like traditional veneers, “no-prep” alternatives are permanently bonded to the natural tooth to correct space between teeth as well as discolored, worn down, cracked or chipped teeth.
This is a more conservative option which typically does not require enamel to be removed, allowing for a less invasive approach to giving our patients the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted. The process is similar to that of a traditional veneer including an impression of the tooth, and final bonding of the “no prep” veneer to the tooth with special cement.
No Prep Veneers are a great cosmetic dental procedure that helps patients improve their self-image and confidence. Because no prep veneers are extremely thin at only about.02mm in thickness, there is minimal preparation needed on the natural tooth to which they will be placed. Patients think they are comfortable, and they are virtually painless to have done. There aren’t even any shots required!
Veneers help to improve spaces between teeth, and teeth that are discolored or misaligned. They support the smile appear whiter and straighter in only a couple of appointments. Usually, veneers are placed only on the teeth that show when a patient smiles, which may or may not include the lower teeth. Most of the time they are placed on the upper incisors and canine teeth (6 in total). Patient’s that have a full smile may opt to put them on the next set of teeth as well. It gives a more uniform appearance and makes the veneers less noticeable.
Veneer material is made of a resin in the shade selected by the patient. The dentist will work with the patient to select the most beautiful yet natural shade possible for each patient’s smile. This is best achieved in natural daylight, near a window in the office. Because each person is different, his or her teeth are as well. The same color does not look natural in every person, so shade selection is crucial.
A beautiful smile is the centerpiece of a beautiful face. Many people don’t smile as much as they would like because they aren’t happy with their smile. Veneers can transform a smile quickly, efficiently, and predictably.
Five ways veneers can create a gorgeous smile include:
1. Changing the shape of teeth
2. Closing Gaps
3. Lengthening teeth to compensate for chipping and wear
4. Straightening teeth
5. Whitening teeth
During the first appointment, patients that have no prep veneers visit their dentist who will very lightly adjust the teeth in which the surfaces will be placed. An impression of the mouth is then taken so that a model of the patient’s teeth can be created. This model is sent to a dental lab where the veneers are constructed by a technician to fit precisely to the patient’s teeth and their bite. After just a couple of weeks, the surfaces are ready to be delivered. The patient returns to the dental office, and the dentist places them on the teeth and adjusts the bite as needed.
Once placed, it’s business as usual. Care and maintenance of veneers are the same as the rest of your teeth. Flossing and brushing gently along the margin of the gumline helps to keep the soft tissues healthy around each veneer. It’s also best to avoid or limit food and drinks that can cause a severe stain, like red wine, coffee, and tea.
Patients often choose no prep veneers because they are one of the most natural and most comfortable cosmetic dental options. When whitening, braces, or bonding aren’t an option, consider minimally invasive no-prep veneers for your smile.
A special light is used to complete the process and provide a strong, reliable result. “No prep” veneers are a great way to enhance your smile without the concern of making an irreversible change-not that any patient has ever wanted to go back to their smile prior to their veneers. We offer a free consultation. Call today (501) 448-0032 and let Dr. Dailey show you how to make the smile of your dreams a reality.