Dental “prepless” veneers are very thin layers of porcelain or other ceramic material that can easily be affixed to the surface of teeth. At the Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry – Dr. Dennis Wells at 615-371-8878, we can educate you on what they are and if you’re a good candidate for this type of cosmetic solution. The term means that these veneers generally require very little if any, preparation to existing teeth structure before placement. They are intended to strengthen teeth while improving their appearance. Additionally, they can be used to change the color, size, or shape of the teeth. Like the traditional porcelain veneers, they are manufactured by a licensed dental technician. When to use veneers Veneers may be suggested as a solution if your teeth are:
- Spaced unusually
- Worn down
When not to use veneers A dentist may rule out veneers if a patient’s teeth are severely worn or broken, leaving not enough surface area to support the veneers. Also, if teeth are very misaligned, such as crowded or widely spaced, it is likely that orthodontic treatment will be needed before they can be veneered. Prepless vs. traditional veneers Veneers always need a strong tooth enamel to attach to, for the best long-term strength and durability. In addition, adequate space for the veneer material is needed, so treated teeth do not look too bulky afterward. Also, these veneers must fulfill specific criteria if they are to be used, outlined below.
- Teeth should ideally be slightly tilted inward.
- Tooth staining cannot be so severe that the porcelain cannot cover it.
- Teeth need to be shaped or spaced to allow enough distance between them.
- They need enough biting surface on the teeth for strength and aesthetics.
Considering these requirements, the majority of teeth need at least minimal preparation to arrive at a good cosmetic and durable result. It’s also important to have a clear line along the gum line, as this makes it easier to keep your new smile clean and prevents additional staining and irritation to the gums.