Veneers have become an increasingly popular treatment in cosmetic dentistry for rejuvenating imperfect smiles. The appearance of teeth that are uneven, damaged or discolored can be greatly improved with veneers. The placement of traditional veneers involves preparing the tooth by shaving a layer of enamel off to make room for thin layers of porcelain to be bonded directly to the tooth surface. Temporary veneers are placed while a dental laboratory creates the permanent set of veneers. This process usually requires two to three visits to your dentist over the course of several weeks or more.
For patients who are looking for a faster, easier option, no-prep veneers may be an excellent alternative. No-prep veneers offer the same cosmetic benefits as traditional veneers, but without the extensive preparatory work. Most no-prep veneers, like Lumineers and Vivaneers, require no changes to the structure of the tooth or reduction in the existing tooth enamel. All of your natural teeth remain intact and unchanged, making them an excellent choice for patients who do not wish to have their permanent teeth altered. The process of placing no-prep veneers can be completed in a single office visit.
Unlike traditional veneers that alter the tooth structure, no-prep veneers are able to be removed without replacement. Once traditional veneers have been placed, you will always need to replace them with another set of veneers. No-prep veneers are highly versatile, and can be worn over a crown, bridge or dentures. No-prep veneers are also extremely durable, and with proper care could last as long as twenty years.
For a quick but effective and long-term solution to your smile imperfections, consult with your Shreveport LA dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental to find out if you are a good candidate for no-prep veneers. With no-prep veneers, in just one day you could be sporting a brand new smile.