Traditional dental veneers are incredibly thin, but not so thin as to fit over teeth without a slight bit of preparation. To allow for the best fit, porcelain veneers require a small amount of natural tooth enamel to be removed. This allows them to fit seamlessly into the smile. It also makes them irreversible. You will need veneers, bonding, or another restoration placed over the teeth which have been treated from that point forward.
No-prep veneers are exactly what they sound like: dental veneers that do not require any tooth preparation. Not only does this reduce the amount of time you will need to spend in our office, but it also eliminates risks of discomfort associated with enamel removal and allows the process to be reversed if needed or desired. These benefits make no-prep options very attractive to some of our patients. However, with these conveniences come certain limitations that can make no-prep veneers a poor fit for others.
While very thin, traditional porcelain veneers are thick enough to cover pronounced cosmetic imperfections such as larger gaps and severe tooth discoloration and staining. No-prep options such as DuraThin® and Lumineers® are simply not thick enough to address these more significant cosmetic issues. No-prep dental veneers are best suited for minor aesthetic concerns.
What’s Right for You?
If you are unhappy with your smile, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tenney to learn about your options. We offer a selection of dental veneers, including no-prep options, which can be used to treat nearly any cosmetic concern. If veneers are not the best fit, we can discuss other cosmetic treatments that may be useful in helping you reach your goals.
Dr. Tenney is a thoughtful, attentive, and experienced dentist who takes time to match the best treatment to each patient’s needs. If you are considering a cosmetic dental treatment, give us a call at 602-978-1790 to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help.
Located in Glendale, Desert Smiles serves all surrounding Arizona communities.