Many cosmetic dentistry patients wish they could just cover up their old, stained cracked or uneven teeth. Fortunately, dental veneers do exactly that! In order to see which type of dental veneers would be best for your smile makeover, consider the following options: porcelain veneers and prepless veneers.
These extremely thin cosmetic veneers are semi-translucent and bond permanently to the front of your tooth. Porcelain is a favorite material for veneers because of its color and translucency. In addition to looking like your natural teeth, this material is the most compatible when used with gum tissue. Porcelain also resists staining, helping to keep your smile bright and white.
In order to place porcelain veneers, your cosmetic dentist will assess your current smile and make sure the shape and size of your new veneers flawlessly match the look of your natural teeth. The process will usually take two visits. One to evaluate your dental needs and then a second trip to permanently place the porcelain veneers once the dental lab crafts them. Because these veneers are permanent, your tooth will require some preparation to ensure the fit is seamless.
Prepless dental veneers provide the same aesthetic and functional benefits that porcelain veneers do. They are a good option for patients who want veneers but are hesitant to file down healthy tooth enamel. Prepless veneers appeal to many patients because the procedure can be reversed. If you choose in the future to have your prepless veneers removed, your natural teeth will look like they used to before dental veneers.
When considering these two options remember that, as with any dental restoration, they will last longer if you maintain good dental hygiene. To find a dentist near you who can place porcelain or prepless veneers, use our ‘Find a Crown Council Dentist’ tool at the top right of this page.