‘No-prep veneers’ is a new technique of coating the outer front surface of the tooth without needing any preparation. In the past in order to achieve an esthetic result it was necessary to shave off the outer layer of the tooth before connecting the porcelain sheet to the tooth surface. In the no-prep veneer technique no tooth material is lost, and the thin coating is just added over the tooth surface.
How it works
New materials make it possible for the dentist to place a very thin layer of restorative materials on the surface of the tooth. These materials are very sturdy and do not break under normal pressure used when chewing, biting and eating. This gives the dentist an opportunity to completely fix your smile and change your teeth to the way you want them to look. Dr. Ethan Schuman will be able to change anything from the shape, size, color and even position of your teeth without hurting or even scratching your actual tooth!
Advantages of No-prep veneers
- Because the tooth is kept whole the process is reversible
- The tooth does not become over-sensitive to atmosphere changes. When layers of the tooth are removed in order to create a veneer coating the inner areas of the tooth are exposed and this can create great sensitivity to changes in temperature. . This could cause great discomfort. Because in the No-prep veneer technique the tooth remains whole, there is no sensitivity created.
- When the main esthetic problem is a gap between front teeth – called a diastema- usually the No- prep veneer technique will have the best results.
In conclusion, ‘No-prep veneers’ is an excellent way of creating an esthetic smile without touching or damaging the tooth surface. It is important to know that not all cases are adequate candidates for this technique. Dr. Ethan Schuman will discuss with you the pros and cons of each technique before deciding what suits your teeth and smile best.