Here at Boisson Family Dentist Grande Prairie, cosmetic dentistry makes up a good part of our general dentistry practice. Porcelain veneers are one of many cosmetic solutions we offer.
If you’re considering veneers, you are likely in the first steps to considering what your cosmetic dental goals are. In that case, you may have heard about traditional porcelain veneers and prepless veneers. Here at Boisson Dental Group, we provide traditional porcelain veneers. Our article ‘How Cosmetic Dentistry Helps’ can offer some insight if you’re still researching your options.
Generally speaking, veneers are thin sheets of composite material or porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth to remove imperfections. Prepless veneers are bonded impermanently, in the way that false fingernails are attached to nails.
You may discover that you’re looking for more permanent solutions to improving your smile. In contrast, traditional porcelain veneers, as well as dental crowns and implants are permanent cosmetic solutions.
What Are Veneers?
Made of composite material or porcelain, prepless and traditional veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells. Fixed to the front of your teeth, their purpose is to quickly improve the appearance of your teeth. Typically applied to the prominent front teeth, veneers can create symmetry, cover chips, and brighten your smile. Veneers can cost up to $3000 per tooth and last around five to seven years.
The Drawbacks of Veneers
Many individuals would prefer to keep their natural teeth and get veneers attached, finding the grinding down of original teeth to be unappealing. For these folks, prepless veneers are preferable. Traditional veneers require preparation, which is their primary drawback.
It is important to keep in mind that veneer application is one of those treatments that require a cosmetic dentist who knows what they’re doing. If you’ve been perusing social media with an interest in dental journeys, you may have come across some dodgy-looking accounts promoting veneer placement outside of an official dental environment.
Remember, when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, you get what you pay for. Beware of cosmetic dental scams! Boisson Family Dentist in Grande Prairie has been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry in the Peace for more than 28 years. Ensure that you look for a similarly trustworthy dental practitioner.
What Is the Difference Between Traditional and Prepless Veneers?
Requiring little tooth preparation, prepless veneers cover the front of the teeth in a painless procedure that doesn’t usually require any type of anesthesia.
By contrast, traditional veneers involve a great deal of preparation. The tooth’s structure needs to be modified, typically with grinding, to allow for the stabilization of the veneers. Consequently, placing traditional veneers is a permanent procedure, leaving around 80% of the original tooth enamel behind. The grinding certainly requires the use of an anesthetic.
Like prepless veneers, traditional veneers can be made with composite material or porcelain. A composite veneer can be prepared in the office, while a porcelain veneer will need to be produced in a laboratory.
Both traditional and prepless veneers help to fix gaps, shape, and discolouration. Both avoid intense surgery, however, traditional veneers do require tooth grinding and are permanently bonded.
Prepless Veneers Aren’t For Everyone
Your cosmetic dental journey will be unique to your needs, goals, and particular dental situation. Consequently, neither prepless nor traditional veneers may not be the right solution for your cosmetic dentistry needs.
Since prepless veneers avoid grinding enamel, they might not be a good fit for your teeth. There will be other solutions and ways to get there.
When you’re in Dr. Boisson’s care, you can rest assured that you will always get the most bespoke care and receive the most appropriate solution to meet your smile goals!
Give Boisson Family Dentist in Grande Prairie a call to learn more about our approach to applying traditional porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dental solutions: