Dental veneers come in a variety of types, and many patients are interested in those that require as little alteration to their existing teeth as possible. In some cases, a tooth that is being fitted for a porcelain veneer must be altered to a certain degree in order to provide the best possible functional and aesthetic result. These alterations generally involve the removal of a relatively small amount of enamel and modifying the tooth in such a way that it can best accommodate the veneer. In other cases, patients may not need excessive modification of the existing tooth; in fact, the tooth may not need any alterations at all. For these patients, what’s called a “minimal-prep” or “no-prep” veneer may be a good option.
Our cosmetic dentist in New York City, Michael Kosdon, DDS, offers a full range of veneers that give patients a wide selection of options. In addition to porcelain veneers composed of high-quality pressed ceramics, Dr. Kosdon offers feldspathic veneers – often referred to as “contact lens” veneers because they are extraordinarily thin. These minimal-prep/no-prep veneers can be an ideal treatment for the right candidate, and typically require little or no tooth preparation.
While another type of no-prep veneers known as LUMINEERS® was once popular, Dr. Kosdon has found that this older-generation, machine-made veneer often yields a poor fit and a less-than-ideal aesthetic. Dr. Kosdon offers completely customized, handmade no-prep and minimal-prep veneers created with newer technologies that can provide a more precise fit and a beautiful appearance.
It’s important to note that, depending on each individual’s unique needs and goals, not all patients are good candidates for minimal- and no-prep veneers. In addition, these types of veneers do not always yield results that are as strong, effective, or long-lasting as porcelain veneers composed of pressed ceramics. With that in mind, they can be a good option for some patients. The best way to know whether a minimal- or no-prep veneer is right for you is to have an oral examination and consultation. Dr. Kosdon can then talk with you about your options and work with you to determine the best solution. Even in cases where a more traditional porcelain veneer is the better treatment, Dr. Kosdon makes it a priority to provide patients with the most conservative approach possible.
If you would like to learn more about minimal-prep and no-prep veneers, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.