Is it possible to have "no prep" for porcelain veneers on me? (photos)
My 2 front teeth have slightly chipped for the 2nd time. My main concern is preserving my own teeth!** I prefer to keep things as natural and low maintenance as possible. Should I opt for a different option than veneers? I am a singer and want natural looking smile! I'm considering juvederm for lips but can longer teeth push my top lip outwards for a fuller appearance? I'll whiten before veneers, is zoom a good option for "Hollywood" color smile? Thank u all for taking the time! U rock!!
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3 different things
No prep #veneers...
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Sarah Thompson, DMD
No Prep vs. Traditional Veneers
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Is it possible to have "no prep" for porcelain veneers on me?
Like anything in life, no-prep veneers have several advantages and disadvantages. Certainly, they preserve the most about of tooth structure, but work best when the teeth are small or spaced, and there is no wear or chipping of the teeth. Also, because they have to be the thinnest possible, typically dentists use a type of porcelain called "feldspathic" porcelain. And unfortunately, this is the weakest of all porcelains used for veneers.
It would be my recommendation that you use a material that is strong and can be made very thin, and thus you would benefit from having some prep, but not as much as typical veneers. This type of preparation is called "minimal prep" and the strong and thin porcelain I would recommend is "Emax" porcelain.
Zoom is an excellent bleaching method, however almost everyone can benefit from additional at-home tray bleaching, even if you had zoom. However, you must wait a minimum of two weeks after any teeth bleaching before the dentist can assess the tooth shade to match your bleached teeth, and also a two week wait enables a stronger bond of the veneers to the teeth compared to immediately bonding them after teeth bleaching.