01 Jun Minimal Prep Veneers
If you have looked in the mirror and notice chipped, stained or slightly crooked teeth and you want to do something to improve your appearance there are a couple of options which can help. Dentine bonding or minimal preparation veneers are the most often used techniques. These treatments basically do the same thing, cover imperfections.
In some cases, dental bonding is all you need. Bonding involves applying a composite material to a tooth that’s suffered damage or is discoloured and has some major advantages over other options as it’s quick and inexpensive but there are also some disadvantages as composite is not as durable or as stain resistant as porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are no longer just for the rich and famous, advances in dentistry mean that minimal veneers are more affordable than you think. These veneers are very thin layers of Feldspathic or pressed Lithium Disilicate porcelain, thinner than a contact lens and with little preparation of your teeth are bonded to them to give a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Minimal prep veneers can be used to disguise a single tooth or several teeth.
The most significant benefit of minimal prep veneers is that more natural tooth structure is preserved. Previously many patients were hesitant to be fitted with veneers because they didn’t like the idea of having their natural teeth being ground down. Now the placement of minimal prep veneers is fast, pain free for patients and they can be fitted and placed in just two visits.
The pros and cons of all dental treatments need to be weigh up and no one solution is right for everyone. If you need help deciding between bonding and minimal preparation veneers to improve any imperfections in your smile. We are happy to advise you in choosing the option that best fits your lifestyle and budget.
Minimal Veneer Preparation Case
This is a real case for a real person treated by Andrew Horne at City Bridge with ceramic work by Nathan Howard at H2W Laboratory Weston-super-Mare.