Cosmetic Dentistry In Northern Virginia – *Part 2 of a 3 part series*
You want to enhance your smile cosmetically, but you don’t want the commitment that porcelain veneers would need. In the preparation process for porcelain veneers, a portion of the each tooth is permanently reduced and this cannot be reversed. But, there is a way to avoid this permanent alteration to your teeth and still have the beautiful smile you want.
What are prepless veneers?
Prepless or no-prep veneers in the hands of a highly-skilled dentist can provide all the beauty of regular veneers, but with the virtue of being reversible. If you choose to have your prepless veneers removed, your natural teeth will look the same as they did before the veneer placement.
The process for creation of the veneers is virtually the same as the process we described in our first blog post in our series on veneers. Starting with a comprehensive smile analysis, the creation of prototypes to “try on” your new smile, (skipping step 3 on tooth preparation), the creation of the final veneers and placement to your teeth. They are bonded to the surface of your natural teeth providing a new surface that is more aesthetically pleasing in color, shape, and size.
Who should use prepless veneers?
It’s true that prepless veneers are not for everyone. Teeth that are already relatively large or positioned forward are not benefited by adding another layer of thickness. But there are many situations where prepless veneers can be the right solution.
- Patients who have relatively small teeth that need enlarging and enhancing.
- Short, worn teeth. Prepless veneers can turn back the clock to younger looking teeth.
- Narrow smiles with inward slanting teeth on the sides.
- For teeth that need to be more visually present for aesthetic reasons. For example to balance fuller lips.
- Teeth that are genetically misshapen.
How do I know which to choose?
Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for prepless veneers. Part of the advanced training Dr. McMillan received for prepless veneers involves the essential aspect of proper case selection.
The doctors at the Art of Dentistry know that now every case lends itself to a prepless approach. But, when it does, the results can be beautiful and durable in the hands of a skilled cosmetic dentist, with the added benefit of being reversible.
Making over your smile is a commitment that takes careful thought and collaboration with your cosmetic dentist in Burke. Contact us or call us at (703) 503-9490 to make an appointment for your smile consultation. You won’t want to miss the next part in our series that discusses how to choose the right cosmetic dentist. (And there is a gift for you at the end of it!)