Veneers are one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures to improve the appearance of a smile. They provide a simple and effective way to conceal tooth imperfections such as chipped, gapped, discolored, and worn-down teeth, giving you a natural, aesthetically pleasing smile.
Dental veneers are very thin shells of tooth-colored material that are bonded to the front surface of damaged teeth to improve their appearance. Using the conventional approach, the front surface of the tooth is prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel before cementing the veneer. But with no-prep veneers, the veneer is bonded directly to the tooth without removing any tooth structure.
With traditional (or prep) veneers, the amount of enamel removed from the surface is equivalent to the thickness of the porcelain layer that will be bonded – usually 0.5 to 0.7mm. Porcelain and composite veneers are the two most common tooth-colored materials used, but porcelain veneers require more tooth reduction than composite. Porcelain veneers are also made in a dental lab, whereas composite veneers can be prepared in the dentist’s office for faster treatment.
No-prep veneers require virtually zero enamel removal. So during your visit, Dr. Borzoo Ahmadi will simply take impressions of your teeth and then choose the color of your veneers to match the natural shade of your teeth. Your veneers will be custom-made for a perfect fit to ensure comfort and proper bite.
If there’re no alignment issues, the veneer will be bonded to the tooth using dental cement and hardened using a curing light. Before your treatment begins, Dr. Borzoo may recommend teeth whitening so your veneers can be matched to your new teeth color. Composite no-prep veneers can be placed in one appointment. However, porcelain veneers are stronger, more durable, and offer better resistance to food and tobacco staining.
No-Prep veneers are the ideal cosmetic treatment for discolored and fractured teeth, to close small noticeable gaps between teeth. They can help to improve the size, color, shape, and symmetry of the tooth. But they’re mostly recommended for patients looking to make minor cosmetic dental changes, or those looking for just a little improvement in their smile.
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