Could You Benefit from "No Prep" Veneers?
Would you like to see an improvement in your smile and realise that you may have to have veneers in order to achieve this? Are you thinking about the procedure and wondering whether you want to proceed based on the traditional approach? While modern-day dentistry has taken great steps forward in providing outstanding results with little discomfort to the patient, there may also be another option, which is even less invasive. What is this and how can it work in your case?
Old Versus New
A porcelain veneer is effectively an addition to an existing tooth in order to change its functionality and appearance. Usually, it is necessary to reduce the size and shape of the host tooth, in order to create room for the restoration to be added. However, recently a new process known as "no prep" has emerged, where the same end result is achieved without a lot of the preparation work – and no drilling by the dentist.
How Does It Work?
In this procedure, skilled dental technicians create a veneer that very accurately conforms to the shape of the tooth adjacent to the gum line. This eliminates the need for traditional work to create what is known in the industry as a "border." Also, these new veneers are not placed so that they fit underneath the gum line. It is felt that this type of restoration can eliminate the risk of any reaction between the gum tissue itself and the new tooth.
Fundamentally, creative and skilled dentists and technicians can come up with an additive tooth that fulfils the same objective and restores the appearance, but without the need to reduce the tooth structure beneath.
Would You Be Eligible?
Each individual has a different array of teeth and some are smaller than others. Sometimes this is caused by genetic factors (i.e. you have teeth that are small naturally), or sometimes the teeth could have been worn down by other factors. Frequently, grinding or bruxism can affect and shorten teeth. Sometimes, people have teeth that appear to be too small when compared to the size of their smile. All of these cases could benefit from veneers that are applied this way, with little or no preparation.
Finding out What's Right for You
Your dentist is the person who is best placed to determine whether or not you could benefit from "no prep" veneers. In either case, they are likely to help you achieve your ultimate goal which is to end up with a better smile or a more functional bite.