Are you considering having veneers fitted? Whether you are opting for veneers to whiten, disguise or straighten up your teeth, before the fitting of standard veneers there is often a lengthy preparation process. If you have concerns about the effect of veneer preparation on your teeth, there is also the option of no-preparation veneers which, as the name suggests, involve a reduced preparation process.
So which type of veneer is right for you? This article takes a quick look at the pros and cons of no-preparation veneers, so you can be sure you are making the best choice for your teeth.
No-Preparation Veneers: Advantages
Before fitting standard veneers, your dentist will need to remove layers of enamel from your teeth in order to give the veneer a natural fit. No-preparation veneers tend to be thinner and therefore fitting them does not require the removal of tooth enamel. The fitting process is thus sped up when it comes to the no-preparation option. They can sometimes be fitted without the need for any preparation at an all-in-one appointment. In other cases, some low level, less invasive preparation may be needed.
Another advantage is that the fitting of no-preparation veneers is reversible. If you decide that you no longer wish to go through with the process, you can simply have the veneers extracted and return your smile to its natural state. In contrast, the enamel removal process needed as preparation for standard veneers is irreversible; once the enamel has been taken off, then you will not be able to replace it.
No-Preparation Veneers: Disadvantages
Standard veneers can be used to mask a large number of dental issues, from crooked teeth to staining. However, no-preparation veneers aren't suitable for every problem. For example, they are unlikely to be recommended in cases of deep staining as the thinner no-preparation veneer may not be thick enough to hide stains fully. Although not as involved a process as the removal of standard veneers, taking off no-preparation veneers is no small task and could still cause damage to your teeth. This is because the veneers will be strongly bonded to the tooth enamel and may take some of it with them as they are removed.
The decision you make about which type of veneers to have fitted should be determined by the nature of your dental problems. For further advice and information about veneers speak with you dentist.