Cosmetic dentistry isn’t about vanity: in fact, we regularly see a change in a patient’s entire health status when they begin to work from the inside out. Practicing self-care to get healthy and overcome insecurities absolutely results in better overall wellness: when patients focus on their own health and happiness, the result is beauty. Many cosmetic dentistry patients wish they could just cover up their old, stained cracked or uneven teeth. Fortunately, dental veneers do exactly that. A veneer is really an architectural term: it just means a covering over something else. In the same way, a dental veneer is a thin piece of handcrafted porcelain, which is a glass, made to go over and bond/fuse to a natural tooth. The traditional approach to veneers included an extremely thin, semi-translucent porcelain cap permanently bonded to the front of your tooth. Because these veneers are permanent, the tooth would require some preparation (grinding down) to ensure a seamless fit. However, some patients don’t want any preparation of their teeth in order to place a cosmetic veneer. This is why PREPLESS VENEERS are a beautiful thing: the end product is a thin layer of porcelain that can be bonded to the person’s tooth without drilling the tooth down in size. A minimally invasive "facelift" for your mouth Prepless dental veneers provide the same aesthetic and functional benefits that porcelain veneers do. They are a good option for patients who want veneers but are hesitant to file down healthy tooth enamel. CONSIDERATIONS The most important element of a dental veneer is the skill and talent of your dentist. Not every dental office offers prepless veneers: some cosmetic dentists only offer veneers that require a lot of tooth grinding. Your dentist must be a HIGHLY trained and skilled provider to offer the best in conservative cosmetic dentistry. We believe that that non-invasive, no grinding type of porcelain veneers can be made to not only look natural but actually make the teeth much less sensitive. Prepless veneers appeal to many patients because the procedure can be reversed. If you choose in the future to have your prepless veneers removed, your natural teeth will look like they used to before dental veneers. As with any dental restoration, they will last longer if you maintain good dental hygiene, and not all veneer cases will lend themselves to no-prep or minimal preparation procedures. Have more questions? Call our office at 615-254-1393 to learn more and to schedule your consult with Dr. Clark.