- by Dr. Ravneet Dhillon
- November 19, 2023
Getting started: What are no-prep veneers?
No prep veneers are dental veneers that are created out of very thin layers of porcelain. No prep veneers are a brilliant and non-invasive solution for those who wish to improve their smile without altering their original teeth. If you are someone with healthy teeth that have minor cosmetic imperfections, no prep veneers may be the best non-invasive option for you. Unlike traditional veneers, you don’t need to get your teeth shaved down.
No prep veneers can last for a long time if you take care of them and follow the instructions given by your dentist.
What are the benefits of no-prep veneers?
Here are some advantages of getting no-prep veneers:
No prep veneers are great for those who want to correct the appearance of their discolored teeth. These veneers can also improve the appearance of teeth with gaps or chips. Teeth with minor cracks can also be corrected with no prep veneers.
Very little prep work
If you get no-prep veneers, the dentist does not have to do any procedure that changes the original structure or shape of your existing teeth. You can get absolutely natural-looking teeth with very little preparation. Many times, your dentist might just take digital impressions of your teeth and create ultra-thin veneers that can be installed without much prep.
Easy to install
Unlike regular veneers, no prep veneers don’t require your teeth to be altered. Shaving down teeth is not required for no-prep veneers. Installing the veneers is very simple compared to traditional porcelain veneers. Apart from this, you also get to save the original structure of your teeth.
No need for anesthesia
You are not going to need local anesthesia because your dentist will not shave down the enamel from the front of your teeth. If you are scared of anesthesia or don’t prefer to be sedated, no-prep veneers might be just the thing you need.
No prep veneers need caring. If you take care of them, you will find that they last for a surprisingly long time. They may last between five to seven years. However, there are some brands of no-prep veneers that claim their veneers last even longer. People who wish to preserve the structure of their healthy teeth are great candidates for getting no-prep veneers.
Is this a reversible treatment?
Compared to traditional veneers, no-prep veneers can be considered reversible in some cases. Traditional veneers require your teeth to be shaved down so that the veneers can be fixed over them. So in comparison, no-prep veneers are certainly reversible. They can be removed without causing much damage to your teeth.
No prep veneers are not for everyone
Here are some things that you need to think about before deciding to go for no-prep veneers.
People with substantially damaged teeth may not be the right candidates for getting these veneers. In such cases, you may need an extensive form of treatment.
If your teeth are seriously discolored or have deep stains, you may not be the right candidate for this. In this case, your no-prep veneers may look bad. You should consider getting other treatments to tackle tooth discoloration or staining.
No prep veneers need caring
You will need to get serious about maintaining your oral hygiene after getting these veneers. You will have to be extremely careful about cleaning the area around your gums where your veneers end. Any gunk that collects there may lead to problems. Once you get no-prep veneers, you will have to improve your oral hygiene along with your eating habits. You will also have to ensure that you do not indulge in activities that may damage your thin veneers. Biting down on hard things and chewing very hard and sticky things should be avoided once you get these veneers.
How much are no-prep veneers?
The cost of no-prep veneers may depend on each individual and their needs. This is the same with any other cosmetic dental procedure. You should be aware that most insurance plans do not cover cosmetic plans. If you are considering getting veneers, you need to ask your insurance company whether the partial or complete cost of the treatment is covered.
You may also ask the dentist about payment plans.
No prep veneers before and after
If you compare your smile before and after getting no-prep veneers, you will be surprised. The results are amazing. You get a corrected and even smile. Minor imperfections are easily fixed with no prep veneers. Your smile will look improved and your confidence will touch the sky.
What are some types of no-prep veneers?
There are not many types of no-prep veneers. You may find different brands of these veneers. You may talk to your dentist about the brands of no-prep veneers that they provide.
Here are some types/brands of no-prep veneers
- DURAthin veneers
There is no great difference between these brands. The only difference may be in the thickness and the durability. You may ask your dentist about the different types of veneers and which ones are best for you.
No prep veneers are great if you are eligible for them. People who want to make no changes or alterations to their healthy teeth can consider getting them. However, if your teeth are crooked or have major imperfections, you may want to consider other treatments or get traditional porcelain veneers.
It would be best to consult a dentist about the kind of treatment that may be best for your dental problem. No prep veneers are easy to get and can be removed once your cosmetic needs change. You can get dental crowns if you need them in the future.
If you have any questions about no prep veneers, you should get in touch with us at Morgan Hill Dentistry.
Our expert dentists will be glad to assist you and help you find the best cosmetic dental treatment according to your specific dental condition and budget.