Get Porcelain Veneers without drill

The purpose of this article is to introduce and provide a clear understanding of an alternative cosmetic treatment option, the “no-prep” or “prep-less” porcelain veneers, whereby no drilling is required to enhance a smile. This article will also bring clarity and understanding to the numerous areas of confusion regarding this treatment model. As with almost all dental and medical procedures, there are risks, benefits and alternatives. It is with the help of a dental professional experienced in these advanced techniques, together with your own goals and understanding, that you can make decisions that are right for you.

Porcelain Veneers without drill

It surely can happen. “Prep-less” porcelain veneers is a concept that elicits various reactions and opinions among dentists. This range of opinion about a novel approach to cosmetic dentistry is vast and with good reason. The concept of “additive only” restorations intuitively causes the experienced clinician reason for concern as visions of bulky, over-contoured teeth quickly come to mind. Unfortunately, some prepless techniques and products circulated heavily in the media have shown thick, bulky looking restorations, causing skepticism among some dentists and consumers alike.

The promotion and endorsement of “prep-less” porcelain veneers is predicated on the following situations and beliefs:

  • It is not necessary to prepare a tooth to create a border (known in dental terms as a “margin”). Highly skilled dental technicians can design a custom-fit veneer that feathers into the tooth just short of the gum line.
  • Aside from the other obvious benefits of prep-less porcelain veneers, they are not placed under the gum tissue. This eliminates the risk of the restorations having a negative impact on the periodontal (gum tissue) health.
  • In many cases it is possible to use an additive-only approach to create aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking restorations without reducing the underlying tooth structure.
  • Consumers who are looking for a way to enhance their smiles are more likely to seek out and accept a no-prep approach with a highly-skilled dentist in situations in which they don’t need aggressive enamel removal.

Porcelain Veneers won’t work in certain situations

While no-prep porcelain veneers can make many positive changes, there are some situations that no-prep veneers can’t correct. In cases that involve improper tooth position, large discrepancies in root position, poor bite relations or a poor facial profile, some form of orthodontic treatment will be required to mechanically move the teeth. If orthodontic treatment is declined, some amount of tooth preparation may be required to create the illusion of proper alignment. When veneers are used to “camouflage” improper tooth positions, it must be with an understanding of the degree of limitations and risks.

Not every smile can be enhanced with prep-less porcelain veneers. Teeth that are already relatively large or positioned forward in the smile do not typically lend themselves to adding another layer of thickness. In these situations, careful decision-making in partnership with your dentist will be necessary to explore other options that might involve tooth preparation or orthodontics.

Conclusion

There is no substitute for an expert dentist’s talent and expertise in the various cosmetic techniques. These skills — combined with a clear understanding of an individual’s goals and determination of the clinical needs obtained by a thorough diagnostic evaluation — are critical to ensuring a successful and beautiful smile.

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