A dental veneer is a thin shell placed over the front (visible) face of treated teeth. With a veneer, you have the opportunity to improve the appearance of a stained tooth or restore a classic shape to a tooth that has been chipped, cracked, or misshapen in some other way. A dental veneer closely resembles a natural tooth.
Veneers can be made of porcelain or composite resin material. However, the biggest choice when you are getting a veneer actually isn’t the materials involved: It is whether you will go with a traditional or no-prep veneer. No-prep veneers are a newer option, but they are becoming more popular.
What Is a Traditional Dental Veneer?
Traditional veneers require that the treated tooth be prepared beforehand by grinding away a small amount of the enamel on the front face. Treating the surface in this way helps to ensure a strong bond between the tooth and the veneer. Only a very tiny amount of enamel is removed, and the tooth is then protected by the veneer.
What Is a No-Prep Dental Veneer?
A no-prep dental veneer does not require intensive preparation of the tooth surface before treatment. The veneer can be cemented to the tooth without removing material. Unlike traditional veneers, no-prep veneers can be removed by a dentist in the future if the patient wishes.
Important Pros and Cons of Traditional and No-Prep Dental Veneers
Here are the major pros both veneers share, as well as advantages of traditional veneers:
- Both traditional and no-prep veneers restore the appearance of a damaged or deeply stained tooth
- Both traditional and no-prep veneers are designed to last for many years with regular dental care
- Traditional veneers tend to be more affordable than no-prep veneers, depending on material
- Traditional veneers usually maintain their colour for a longer period of time than no-prep veneers
- Traditional veneers are more effective in cases where the treated tooth is severely damaged
Here are the benefits of no-prep dental veneers:
- No-prep veneers do not require the removal of tooth enamel, and as such are reversible
- No-prep veneers do not require sedation and are usually much faster and easier to install
- No-prep veneers are often done in just one visit, versus two visits for traditional veneers
- No-prep veneers are meant to last 5-7 years longer than traditional veneers, on average
To learn more or set your appointment for dental veneers, contact Coscarella Dentistry.