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Smile Design Options
Smile Design is for our patients looking for a complete restoration of their smile. For any patient not happy with their smile we offer a consultation to determine whether we can improve their smile. Many ways we can improve the esthetics are by crown lengthening, orthodontics, and cosmetic crowns. Patients with missing teeth or old fixed bridges, we can restore with implants. For our patients that are missing many teeth we offer implant supported prosthetics such as the overdenture, dentures, and implant prosthetics as a solution.
Esthetic Crowns are an option for patients who have misshapen teeth, discoloration and worn down teeth. If the patient has already existing restorations on their front teeth or existing crowns that want to be replaced, we offer esthetic crown restoration that will last longer for patients that may not be a good candidate for veneers. We remove a portion of the tooth around all surfaces so that a beautiful esthetic and strong natural tooth crown will be permanently cemented over top.
A dentist applies these thin shells, often made of porcelain or a composite material, to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance.
Because veneers are considered a permanent option, a dentist typically has to spend some time preparing your tooth for a veneer. This process can involve removing part of the tooth, including some of the enamel, to make it ready to hold the veneer. Then, the veneer is bonded to the front of the tooth.
No-prep veneers are applied through a quicker process to make your teeth look more even. It takes much less time and effort to install them, and they still provide long lasting results.
Benefits of no-prep veneers
Here are some of the reasons that no-prep veneers may be a good choice for you:
No-prep veneers can improve the appearance of discolored teeth, fill in gaps, or cover up cracks or chips.
Less prep work
With regular veneers, a dentist might need to grind 1/2 millimeter of enamel off your tooth to make an impression to use for creating the veneer. That’s not necessary with no-prep veneers. In fact, there’s not a lot of prep work needed.
In some cases, a dentist can make a digital impression of your teeth and then create the veneers and install them all on the same day.
Because the dentist doesn’t have to alter your teeth, the installation is a much simpler process than the process of installing traditional veneers. Additionally, this method preserves your tooth structure.
Since the dentist isn’t removing any enamel from your teeth, you shouldn’t need any local anesthesia. That’s good news if you’re concerned about having a reaction or sensitivity to the anesthesia.
No-prep veneers can last 5 to 7 years or longer, especially if you take good care of them. Some manufacturers claim that their no-prep veneers can last many more years.
Research suggests that this type of veneer can be a good choice for people who don’t want to put too much wear and tear on healthy teeth.
Traditional veneers, a dentist may have to do some reshaping and alter the enamel before the veneer can be bonded to your tooth, which are not reversible and are a permanent alteration to the teeth
By comparison, no-prep veneers don’t require that kind of alteration to your tooth structure. Additionally, they can be removed.
They’re applied to the enamel of your teeth, so they can cause some damage to the surface of your tooth. While they’re considered reversible or semi-permanent, that doesn’t mean that your teeth might not be affected in some way by the procedure of installing (or removing) them.