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Traditional vs. No-Prep Veneers

If you have been experiencing cracks, chips, discoloration, or misalignment issues with your teeth, then veneers might be the simple solution you need. Veneers are thin shells placed onto the surface of one or more teeth to cover visual imperfections. By bonding to the teeth, veneers help create a symmetrical, white smile and are usually attached to the front eight teeth. Depending on the type of veneers, these implements typically last about five to seven years. However, veneers have taken on multiple options, as no-prep veneers have come to the surface as a viable alternative.

What are Traditional Veneers?

Traditional veneers, usually made of porcelain, bond permanently to the front of the teeth, but rely on intensive prep work for the veneers to be installed. To prep the veneers, your dentist will have to grind down the enamel of the tooth to bond and affix the veneer onto the tooth. The removal of the enamel and sometimes the pulp may be necessary for the veneers to stick to the front of the teeth permanently. Before this process occurs, however, your dentist will use local anesthesia to prevent pain from occurring. Depending on the condition of the tooth, traditional veneers will turn any chipped, cracked, or discolored tooth into a translucent, symmetrical tooth that’s visually appealing.

What are No-Prep Veneers?

No-prep veneers work exactly as traditional veneers, but instead don’t have the permanent side effects. During the installation of these veneers, your dentist won’t have to file down healthy tooth enamel to install them, and will instead bond the veneers to the tooth just as is. No-prep veneers will offer the functional and visual benefits of traditional veneers without the absolute commitment to the procedure. No-prep veneers can be reversed at any point, and during installment, won’t require local anesthesia. At any point during the process, depending on the condition of your teeth, your dentist may remove at least the minimal amount of enamel to fit the veneers onto the teeth.

Which Veneers Should I Choose?

For those looking into veneers, both types offer the ability to have a healthy, visually appealing smile. Both models will give a smile that’s uniform, consistent, and attractive in terms of shape and color. With traditional veneers, these offer a more permanent solution to unhealthy, unattractive teeth, and are usually less expensive than their no-prep counterparts. However, no-prep veneers don’t involve the removal of the enamel to be installed and can be reversed at any point.

With whichever veneers you choose, Dr. Raj – Shikha Batra at Troy Dental Studio will be there for you to help you make the right choice. Dr. Batra and his team of dentists and staff have helped people throughout the Troy, MI area with their teeth, providing comprehensive dental exams and cosmetic surgical procedures that’s affordable and effective. If you wish to learn more about Dr. Batra’s services, contact him today to schedule an appointment and begin your journey towards happier, healthier teeth.

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