Veneers are one of the few ways that an individual can dramatically change the appearance of their teeth. Traditional veneers can be used to dramatically alter the appearance of teeth, making them appear differently shaped and colored. However, there's a disadvantage: they're a permanent type of cosmetic dentistry that can potentially damage your teeth. New prepless veneers can alleviate some of these issues.
The Difference Between Traditional Veneers and Prepless Veneers
With traditional veneers, teeth are shaved down and some of the enamel is removed. The veneers are then glued over the teeth. This allows for a dramatic change in appearance, but it is a somewhat invasive procedure. Prepless veneers are exactly what they sound like: veneers without prep. Rather than grinding down the teeth, the veneers are just placed over the teeth in a thin layer.
The Advantages of New Veneer Technology
Older veneer technologies can result in tooth sensitivity because part of the tooth enamel is often removed. This doesn't happen to everyone, but it is a possibility. If it does happen, there are limited treatment options.
Prepless veneers don't damage your teeth. Instead, they just fit over them. This is a faster process that is less likely to cause any damage. This also means that the process of fitting prepless veneers is faster.
Veneers are often used to whiten teeth rather than change the shape of teeth, as it's the only way to lighten teeth more than a few shades at once. A prepless veneer is just as good at this as a traditional veneer.
The Disadvantages of New Veneer Technology
There are some issues with new veneer technology. Most notably, veneers can only make your teeth larger and change the color of your teeth. If your teeth are strangely shaped or if they're too large, veneers cannot correct this.
Prepless veneer technology is also more expensive than traditional technology right now. Even though it is less involved as a process, it's a newer cosmetic dentistry procedure. Not all cosmetic dentists offer it yet.
Further, prepless veneers may not adhere as well as they will in traditional veneer procedures. This increases the likelihood a veneer could fall out and need to be replaced.
If you're interested in making your teeth larger or more regularly shaped—or if you want to change the color of your teeth dramatically—prepless veneers are an excellent solution. Your cosmetic dentist can give you more information.