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Prepless Veneers


Article by Dr. Mary Sue Stonisch

Photography by Faircourt Dental Smile Studio

Everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile. Veneers are a strong tooth covering that can treat people who suffer from tooth decay, chipping, gaps, staining, and an uneven bite. Traditional porcelain veneers are made of several thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the tooth. By themselves they are fragile, but once bonded onto the tooth, they become very strong, almost like a new layer of enamel on your teeth.

Dental veneers can be made as one solid form or they can be layered, little by little, to give the porcelain more detailed qualities and characteristics. Impressions of your teeth are taken and sent to a laboratory in order for the veneers to be fabricated outside of your mouth to the specifications your dentist has requested.  Veneers can be basic or detailed much like a piece of art.

 With the latest technology, your treatment can be simple and drill-less. This technique is called “prepless veneers” which means no drilling and no grinding down. A common term to describe this type of procedure is “minimally invasive dentistry”. 

Most patients are not candidates for prepless veneers, because the actual prepping or grinding down of the tooth allows the dental technical the required room to be able to create the veneer. This means, in order to make a tooth look natural, be of ideal proportion and fit with your bite, tooth structure is subtracted (removed) so that a porcelain veneer can be ideally fabricated.

There are instances when additive dentistry is just what the doctor ordered! This procedure is called prepless dentistry or prepless veneers in which there is no drilling necessary. Ask your dentist today if you are a candidate for this new and durable procedure. In addition to the durability of prepless veneers, other benefits include:

  • stronger than traditional veneers due to their bond to enamel
  • ideal for correcting gaps, fractured teeth, and stained teeth that do not respond to whitening
  • low-maintenance
  • reduced downtime as temporization while waiting for your final veneers is typically not needed
  • longer-lasting due to the strength of the bond to the natural enamel

Prepless veneers are incredibly thin pieces of porcelain that are meticulously created to compliment your face and skin tones, mouth, and natural tooth color. Thinner than a contact lens, they are fragile and tedious to fabricate and place. Skill, expertise, and careful thought are necessary in order to create a look as natural as possible that will function impeccably. 

Dr. Mary Sue Stonisch wants you to experience the difference modern dentistry has to offer at the Faircourt Dental Smile Studio in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. Call our office at 313-882-2000 to schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate for prepless veneers.