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Traditional vs. No-Prep Veneers: Which is Right for Me?

What are veneers?

Veneers are tooth shells that attach to the front surface of the teeth to improve appearance. Veneers are bonded to the teeth and are used to fix the appearance of a broken, chipped tooth, or to create a symmetrical smile. Veneers are usually applied to the front eight teeth and depending on the type of veneers purchased, can typically cost between $800 and $2,500 per tooth. Veneers usually last about five to seven years, and all aspects of the veneers depending on the brand your dentist has the type you chose, and the expertise of the dentist.

What’s the difference between traditional and no-prep veneers?

Most commonly used are traditional veneers, which require intensive prep work and usually involve grinding down the tooth’s structure to be installed. The procedure for placing the veneers is distinctively permanent because of the removal of the enamel and even going pulp of the tooth to ensure that the veneers stay stable. Local anesthesia is used during the procedure to avoid pain. However, depending on the previous condition of the tooth, traditional veneers will be able to replace the cosmetic look of the tooth and can replace it with a more visually pleasing solution.

No-prep veneers require less preparation for the tooth, focusing solely on the enamel of the tooth for minimal removal and installment. Similar to the nature of a cosmetic contact lens, it covers the front of the tooth with no use of local anesthesia.

Both types of veneers can be made through composite, or porcelain. Composite veneers are typically made by your dentist, and a single appointment is all you would need for the procedure. Porcelain veneers provide the same results but are required to be made in a laboratory using impressions made from the patient’s mouth. After the impressions are taken and sculpted, they are then cemented to the tooth.

The Benefits of Traditional and No-Prep Veneers

Both veneers offer an attractive smile, help preserve healthy teeth, and create a uniform smile that’s consistent with color and shape.

For traditional veneers, they provide a more permanent solution to unattractive teeth. Depending on the materials they’re made of, they can be less expensive, and the color can last longer.

No-prep veneers provide a simpler, attractive smile without the drastic consequences of the removal of your teeth. Both composite and porcelain no-prep veneers help fix gaps in your teeth, cove up sharper, unusually shaped, and severely discolored teeth without intensive surgery.

At Sabal General Dentistry, we offer quality dental services that aim at keeping your teeth natural and healthy. From regular dental checkups to veneer installations, we provide technologically advanced solutions and a professional environment. With our doctor and his team of dentists, you can be sure that you are in safe hands. If you live in the Rockdale, TX area and you’re looking for a dentist, then contact us today and schedule an appointment with us (www.paperwritings.com/) to get started.

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Dr. Beau Blankenship, DDS Under the guidance of Dr. Beau Blankenship, Sabal General Dentistry brings dental care to families in and around the Rockdale, TX area with over a decade of experience. As a dental surgery graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center, he focuses on building patient relationships that last a lifetime.

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