No-prep veneers

No-prep veneers
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No-prep veneers

Veneers or facets are a ceramic extension with which significant improvements of appearance and functionality of non-carious teeth, teeth that don’t have major gingival problems, that are frayed, have irregular shape, irregular stance in the jaw, are yellow, too small or if there’s space between them can be made. Veneers are placed only on the front side of the tooth, they are thick around 3mm and they represent one of the most natural forms of teeth restauration and conservation seeing that there is no significant grinding of the teeth, which is the case with crowns. Patients usually undergo installation of several veneers at the same time, almost always in the front region, which produces a completely new smile. In case that your teeth are no longer pretty, but are generally healthy, installation of veneers is one of the best investments in life quality that you have in front of you.

But what are no-prep veneers? No-prep is an abbreviation for “no preparation”. These are veneers that are installed without grinding of the front teeth on which they are placed. These veneers are directly glued on thoroughly cleansed teeth, prepared with specific products, even without a minimal invasive procedure. Patient doesn’t feel any discomfort, and that is the only case in dentistry when it’s possible to make a complete restauration of the smile without discomfort for the patient. Even though it can sound weird, veneers which are glued like this are firmly positioned on the tooth, they actually become a part of the tooth and last for around 10 years, same as classic veneers.


Which brings us to the question: What is the difference between regular veneers and no-prep veneers? With standard veneers it is necessary to grind of a small amount of enamel from the tooth, less than 1mm, so a small dent in the tooth can be made which will be filled with an adhesive mass (cement), so that veneer that is being installed over that mass will be firmly placed on the tooth. On the other hand, no-prep veneers are glued directly to the tooth, without any grinding of the tooth. No-prep veneers are slightly less reliable than standard veneers in the long run, because there is a small chance that a veneer could fall out before 10 years pass, the time that is needed in order for the veneer to naturally wear out and be replaced. However, replacing veneers is a simple dental procedure, far simpler than replacing implants, for example.


No-prep veneers, to be honest, are more of a marketing term than a strictly defined procedure, seeing that every installation of veneers demands some patient preparation, so now the term “veneers with minimal preparation” is used more often. This type of veneer has composition and texture that enables them to be used with a smaller amount of adhesive material and it can be used directly on the surface of a tooth that hasn’t been grinded. However, even these veneers have better results with minimal grinding, so it’s exclusively up to the patient and the dentist to agree whether they will use standard or no-prep veneers, and the same goes for choosing whether the teeth will be minimally grinded in case the patients opts for the no-prep veneers.

This type of a dental extension first appeared in the 1970’s, when Hollywood stars showed the world public it’s possible to have perfect teeth at any age. However, veneers back than have irritated the gums and it was impossible to take them off. At the end of the last century a reveres trend of invasive teeth grinding appeared so that veneers will be glued better to the tooth by using a lot of adhesive. A lot of dentist went that far that they honed all the way to dentins and glued the veneers to the dentin, and in that way “repairing” and irregularities on the tooth. However, this approach was completely wrong because the tooth enamel is the most valuable part of the tooth, giving him whiteness and it is impossible to replace, and enamel is also extremely important for biological processes of the tooth and for the complete health of teeth and the jaw. Because of that all the modern procedures imply only a minimal enamel grinding whether the standard or no-prep veneers are involved, but no-prep veneers have that advantage that they can be used in a way that doesn’t decreases thickness of enamel.


Depending on patient’s specific needs, no-prep veneers are sometimes specially advised. That is the case when there is space between teeth but no other problems, and those kind of situations are resolved very successfully with no-prep veneers. There is a general rule that the more the patient’s situation is complicated, the chance of all the problems being resolved with no-prep veneers is smaller. Whether standard or no-prep veneers will be used depends on the type of material that is being used for the veneers, and material is either feldspar porcelain or pressed ceramic. Porcelain has a stronger white colour (which is not that popular in Europe) and it is possible to shape him precisely with hand, while the ceramic is strong. In Cvejanovic dental practice ceramic facets are used, seeing that our clinic has a CEREC machine for computer crafting of ceramic crowns and facets, which enables us far greater precision of crafting and a faster crown crafting than which is the case with manually crafting of porcelain crowns. If we would make porcelain crowns by hand the price would indubitably be higher than it is now. In the future a lot is expected from lithium disilicate, a new material that has the strength of ceramic and the ability of easy shaping of feldspar porcelain.


If you want to get a general assessment if the veneers would be a good solution for the better appearance you can send us a picture of your teeth in high resolution, and in majority of cases we will be able to assess the evaluation based on the picture. If you live in Belgrade you can set up a free check-up, which will help us to determine which type of treatment is the best for you far more accurately.


Patient with installed facets. Nowadays veneers with the natural colour of healthy teeth are asked for more often.