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Every patient deserves to feel happy and confident about the appearance of their smile. Unfortunately, there are countless people who dislike the way that their teeth look, and this can have a detrimental impact on their self-esteem. There are many cosmetic issues that our teeth can be affected by. Porcelain veneers are well-known as being a solution to a variety of different problems including teeth that are crooked, cracked, chipped, gapped, uneven and discolored.
Veneers are thin, shell-like covers that are about the same size as a fingernail. Each is custom-designed specifically for the single tooth of an individual patient and can be color-matched to existing teeth so that they are very discreet and virtually imperceptible. In conventional veneers, some preparation is needed before they can be fitted. However, there is now an alternative solution – no-prep dental veneers.
Unsurprisingly, no-prep dental veneers are exactly what their name suggests – dental veneers that, unlike conventional styles, don’t require any preparatory work before they can be fitted. Instead, they can be glued directly onto teeth that have been thoroughly cleaned and prepared with a special adhesive. This is unlike conventional veneers which require a small amount of natural tooth enamel to be removed before they can be placed.
No prep veneers share a number of similarities with traditional veneers. Not only are they bespoke, designed specifically with an individual patient in mind, they are also made from great quality porcelain which keeps them strong, durable and able to be glazed in a color that matches your existing teeth.
The no-prep technique of these dental veneers gives patients several key benefits.
Firstly, your natural teeth do not need any of the natural enamel to be removed in order to fit them. This is valuable for two main reasons. Firstly, there is no need for invasive treatment. Usually, the removal of tooth enamel requires the patient to have anesthetic and in some cases, even sedation. This is because it exposes the more sensitive parts of the teeth, which can cause discomfort. With no-prep veneers, there is no need for either anesthetic or sedative medications to be given.
Secondly, this means that your permanent teeth remain fully intact. Enamel doesn’t regenerate, so once some have been removed to apply a veneer, that tooth will always need a veneer. However, with no-prep veneers, you can remove them and feel reassured that your underlying teeth are still healthy and intact. This means that the treatment is reversible.
Finally, no-prep veneers can be removed and replaced with ease. Although they are strong and durable, they may not be infallible forever. If yours become damaged in some way, our dental team will be able to take away the old veneer and restore your smile with a new one.
If you have cosmetic dental issues that could potentially be addressed using dental veneers and you would like more information about the no-prep variety of this popular cosmetic solution, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable team at Bronxville Family Dental in Bronxville, NY today. They would be happy to answer your questions or schedule you an appointment so that we can assess your smile.