For a typical veneer treatment, the dentist first has to prepare your teeth by trimming some of the enamel. This ensures that the teeth don't bulk up too much after their veneer treatment. No-prep veneers, however, are installed without or with minimal teeth preparation. This means no-prep veneers aren't for everyone; you may be a candidate for the treatment if one of the following situations apply to you.
You Need Minimal Color Changes
No-prep veneers have to be exceedingly thin because they are placed on teeth that haven't been trimmed. Your teeth would end up too bulky if the veneers weren't that thin. Unfortunately, the extremely thin veneers allow some of the underlying teeth color to show through; therefore, your teeth may not end up perfectly white. This means no-prep veneers shouldn't be your treatment of choice if you need a major color upgrade.
You Need Minor Alignment Changes
No-prep veneers also come in handy if your teeth are slightly misaligned and you need to straighten them out. In this case, what you are basically doing is to bulk up the side of the teeth with more space so that it may look more aligned. Again, note that this is not an alternative to conventional orthodontics; it only works in a few cases where the misalignment is extremely small.
You Want To Close Minor Teeth Gaps
As previously mentioned, getting no-prep veneers ends up bulking up the relevant teeth. Now, in many cases, this ends up being an undesired side effect of no-prep veneers treatment. However, you can purposefully target the "side effect" if you want to close minor gaps between adjacent teeth. In this case, the veneers are placed on the teeth surfaces overlooking the gap so that the gap ends up getting reduced.
You Need to Bulk Up Some Teeth
You may also be a candidate for no-prep veneers if you need to bulk up your teeth. This may be the case, for example, if you have small teeth that you feel self-conscious about or small teeth that don't show up properly when you smile. In this case, all the surfaces of the teeth are covered with no-prep veneers..
You Need To Mask Aging Restorations
Lastly, you may also use no-prep veneers to mask old restorations. This may be the case, for example, if your old dental restorations have gotten dull or discolored. The no-prep veneers will let you cover up the imperfections and continue enjoying the benefits of the restorations.
To learn more about your options, contact a dentist like Aaron G Birch, DDS PC.