Replacing porcelain veneer options, please advice.
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Can I replace porcelain veneers with prep less porcelain veneers?
How much preparation was done on your teeth for your current porcelain veneers? What do you not like about your present veneers? Are they too bulky? Do you just want a different color? Do you not like the shape? If you had little to no preparation for your current veneers, they may be bulky. By carefully removing them, you would still virtually have a prep less veneer, since little to no tooth structure will have been removed. If you had significant reduction of tooth structure in preparation for your present veneers, then I understand your concern. If this is the case, the current porcelain veneers could be partially removed, leaving your underlying tooth structure untouched. The new preparation would create space for a thinner veneer to be bonded to the remaining porcelain from your current veneers. The new veneers would be bonded to porcelain instead of enamel, and this bond is not as strong. This type of procedure must be done meticulously to succeed, but it can be done in some instances. Because all preparation would be in porcelain, no shots or anesthetic would be required. Your existing condition and your goals for your new veneers would need to be evaluated to see if you would be a good candidate for this procedure.
I just finished a case which matches your description. I replaced 10 upper veneers with no drilling and shaving of the tooth. We just removed the veneers carefully and placed thin no prep veneers. This can be achieved with the right planing and lab technician.
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Do you already have Veneers? If so, then your teeth has been prepped and it shouldn't be a problem to redo your veneers. You can choose any material you like. Just make sure an experienced cosmetic dentist removes your old veneers and replace them for you.
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Traditional veneers can not be removed and replaced with prepless veneers and I would not recommend replacing your porcelain veneers with composite veneers. Composite veneers are not as durable and stain easily. If you are unhappy with your current veneers, they can easily be replaced. The removal process will require the removal of little to no additional tooth structure. No need to worry! Good luck and I hope this helps. Follow me if you have more questions.
Sarah Thompson, DMD
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