I have relatively small teeth and one of the options I’m researching is no preparation veneers, like Lumineers. I’m wondering if no prep veneers will work for me instead of traditional porcelain veneers. The main goal I want is to have my teeth look bigger.
What are you thoughts?
-Tami in California
Thank you for your question. Honestly, it is difficult to give specific recommendations about cosmetic dentistry without having seen your case in person. But the main point to understand is that cosmetic dentistry is an art. It requires an eye for aesthetics and not just any dentist can do porcelain veneers or any kind of no prep veneers well. Even if the dentist tells you he or she can do Lumineers, doesn’t mean they are the best treatment option. In fact, many expert cosmetic dentists will not use Lumineers. They come with trademark restrictions and many times end up looking fake and sometimes too big. That said, no preparation veneers may not be totally out of the question for you. If your teeth are small, the right ceramist and cosmetic dentist, may be able to create a beautiful smile.
So, if there is one piece of advice to take away, it’s pick the right dentist, a dentist you can trust. Check out their credentials, ask to see cases similar to yours and listen to their recommendations. Proceed with caution if your dentist is pushing a particular brand of no prep veneers. It may be nice to seek out a second opinion from an expert cosmetic dentist to see what your options truly are. There is a lot that goes into a successful smile makeover. An excellent cosmetic dentist will listen to your concerns and match the right look to your complexion, personality and end goals.
Also, it is important to realize, if your teeth are at all crooked, no prep veneers may not work for you. So, there are many factors that play into the right treatment plan.
Hopefully this post provides some guidance as you make your decision.
This post is sponsored by Barrington cosmetic dentist James T. Gavrilos, DDS.