New-Age Innovation: Ultra-Thin Veneers

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Also referred to as prep-less veneers, these veneers require little or no removal of the tooth structure or the use of temporary restorations.

How They Work: Many dentists are choosing ultra-thin veneers as the go-to solution for minor imperfections, such as minimal chipping, spacing and gaps. “Prep-less veneers, like Lumineers, are about as thick as a contact lens and are more natural-looking than anything in the past, and lasting upward of twenty years,” says Joliet, IL, cosmetic dentist Gabriella Paolucci, DDS. Your dentist can bond them directly on top of your natural teeth or existing crowns or bridgework without having to grind away any enamel. Unlike traditional veneers, prep-less veneers are reversible since your teeth are left completely intact. “Prep-less veneers definitely have their place, but they’re not always the best option for patients,” says Staten Island, NY, cosmetic dentist Joseph Mormino. “Many times, if you don’t reshape at least some layers of enamel, the result can look bulky. Those with dark stains may want to opt for conventional veneers because prep-less veneers are too thin to completely mask the discoloration.”

Cost: From $700 to $3,500 per tooth

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