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May 19 2011

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Lately, people have been getting more and more excited about the infinite possibilities for transformation through cosmetic dentistry, particularly after shows like Extreme Makeover. As a result, more and more people are looking to change their smiles through the use of porcelain veneers. Concerns regarding reduction of existing tooth structure, however, have stopped a lot of people from obtaining the smile they desire. That’s because traditionally, veneers have required the removal of natural tooth structure prior to restoring the smile to obtain the desired aesthetic result.

With new materials and techniques, cosmetic dentists have worked with their labs in being able to now offer no tooth reduction (or minimal reduction) veneers – a revolutionary advancement in the world of cosmetic dentistry.

They are a form of prepless veneers that oftentimes remove the need for taking out any natural tooth structure.  In cases where tooth structure does need to be removed (for example due to flaring of the teeth, large gaps, etc.) the reduction of existing tooth structure can be minimized. This particular innovative advanced technology is designed for those who would like to enhance their smiles but don’t wish to have their normal tooth structure wiped out along the way. Dr. Debra Gray King, a leading dentist in Atlanta, affirms: “In the past, other prepless veneer options available did not suit our aesthetic expectations, however at this time, after working closely with the lab, we are very pleased to start offering these veneers as a wonderful option to many people”.

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This particular novelty provides a new appealing option to many.  Nevertheless, not just any tooth is suited for prepless veneers, so it would be best to check with a cosmetic dentist and figure out what are your best options.   The best situations for these veneers are: when there are any missing teeth (for whatever reasons), teeth are naturally very small, teeth are naturally worn down, or they simply need that extra “umph” for a “celebrity-like” smile.