Non Preparation Porcelain Veneers

I'm thinking of getting non preperation porcelain veneers. But talking about non preperation veneers, what about the area between veneer and gingiva? Isn't there a little area, which isn't covered by the non prep veneer?

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Non-prep veneers, porcelain veneers

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Excellent thought. I totally agree with some of the other responses below.  In addition, it is important to remember that not all cases are good non-prep cases.  If you are pleased with the size and shape of your natural teeth, then using non-prep veneers may not be a good choice as they will make your teeth look bigger. This being said, many cases can benefit from combining non-prep with minimal prep veneers.  Sometimes this can provide the touch that defines the difference between a good case and a great case! 

If you are unsure about non-prep, ask for a wax up and mock try in to see how it will look.  It might cost you about 200-400 to get this done but will be worth it.

Houston Dentist

Non-Prep Veneers Not Always Wise

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There is a time and place for non-prep veneers, but they are not right for many cases.  They can look very natural for cases where the teeth are undersized and there are gaps between the teeth.  Other than that, most cases will look better if minimal to moderate preparation of the teeth are done.  If non-prep veneers are performed on cases where there is crowding it will look less than ideal.  In fact, it can look awful by the standards of an experienced cosmetic dentist.  Make sure that you see someone that is experienced in doing cosmetic dentistry, otherwise you may get a result that you are not happy with, especially if you want non-prep veneers.  

Non Prep Veneers Have Their Place but not a Large Place!

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The application of non prep veneers are best used on patients who have thinning slightly lingually offset teeth with slight gaps. A skilled cosmetic dentist can easily determine whether prepped or non prep veneers are best for you. I strongly believe that the use of prepped venners must be used when patients are expecting significant improvements in shade and overall contour in their smile. With proper treatment planning and the use of  expert ceramists  you will be able to gain a tremendous improvment in your smile!

Howard Perlmutter, DMD
Paramus Dentist

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Non-prep veneers are right for only certain cases

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The advantage of not preparing teeth is obvious and very good.  The cases that work for prep-less are when natural teeth are undersized and/or have gaps between the teeth.  In these cases, prepless veneers may be the very best treatment possible.

Prep-less candidates:

  1. Patients with undersized teeth and/or gaps
  2. Patients who desire only a small shade change

On the other hand, most other cases types benefit esthetically from some preparing of the natural tooth structure to make room for the new porcelain.  I would strongly recommend you meeting with an experienced cosmetic dentist to discuss your smile type and discuss your options.  Every case is different and every case has a best option.

Greg Lutke, DDS
Plano Dentist

Not a fan of prepless veneers!

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And here's why..When we prep a tooth for a veneer we are making room for the new layer of porcelain to cover the tooth. If we dont do that then the new veneer is simply glued onto the front of the tooth making it look and feel much thicker. Sometimes the upper lip even catches on the no prep veneers. Think about it..if you put down a new floor do you just cover up the old one? No! because along the edges there will be a big lip and everyone will trip over it..Same goes for veneers. we remove alittle to add a little..Ends up looking much more natural..

Michael J. Thomas, DDS
Los Angeles Dentist

No prep veneers can fit in tight corners

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The area you describe CAN be covered up with a veneer, but does take skill on the part of the dentist to place them well so that they are invisible.  Veneers should be designed to cover the entire visible area of the teeth.

No Prep Veneers

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All veneers, including the no preparation variety should cover the entire face of the tooth.  The edge should extend down to and perhaps slightly below the edge of the gums.  A skilled dentist placing the no prep veneer at the gum line will use a diamond tip to gently blend the edge of the veneer into a seamless transition to the tooth surface under the gums.  So long as you maintain healthy gums, you can avoid any recession that might make the transition visible.

Marc Zive, DMD
Springfield Dentist

Non-Prep Veneers

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When a patient comes to our office for a cosmetic consultation regarding veneers, we discuss all of the options available to them.  Non-Prep Veneers is an option, but may not be the best treatment choice for every patient.  At the consultation we listen to our patient's and find out what are their cosmetic goals.  As a cosmetic dentist we are challenged to exceed the patient's aesthetic desires while providing the most conservative dental treatment available.   In certain circumstances Non-Prep Veneers may allow a dentist to meet the patient's aesthetic desires without any preparation to the teeth.  In other instances, Non-Prep veneers may fall short of the patient's cosmetic goals.  It is very important to find a Cosmetic dentist who can spend time with you to discuss ALL of your cosmetic options and the pros and cons of each.  Good Luck!!!

Randy Bryson, DMD
Las Vegas Dentist

Non-Prep Veneers

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I have done non-prep veneers but am not convinced they are any better than traditional veneers.

As always, the skill of the dentist will determine the outcome.  There are situations where non-prep veneers can be used successfully but the margin between the veneer and the tooth is the key.

 As you age and depending on your oral hygiene and dental habits, your gum can shrink from the margins of all veneers.   When you have recession and have changed the color of your teeth, that can show.  Since they are usually not less expensive, you must be very clear on what you are getting. 

No one can estimate the length of time your veneers will look good but they can be very successful and last a long time. Do your homework and ask questions before you begin your care.  Much success and fun-

Wendy S. Spektor, DDS
Bellevue Dentist

Will Non-Prep Porcelain Veneers Look Right?

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The answer is it depends on how much of your smile you are changing, the skill Level of your cosmetic dentist, and how precise or high your expectations are.

Non-prep veneers can be a very mild way to make some major changes in your smile. There should be no gaps by the gum line. 

You may want to discuss this further with your cosmetic dentist before you start. Great veneers and happy excited patients come from great communication.

Make sure they understand your expectations. Look at before and after photos or reviews from other porcelain veneer patients to help make sure your expectations are accurate. Veneers can make amazing changes for your smile-enjoy it! Dr. Scott Greenhalgh, DDS

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.