Minimal Prep porcelain Veneers are Porcelain Veneers that only need minimal amount of tooth structure invasion permitted by the smile design that is done by a trained doctor and ceramist.
The doctor first designs your smile with the ceramist and you. You get a mock up demonstration of the smile in the mouth! You check if this treatment is for you and if you like the results. If you would like to make any suggestions or tweaks with the design, this is the perfect opportunity to mention it to your doctor.
The other and possibly biggest advantage of doing a smile design before working on the teeth is that, we know exactly how much thickness we need for the porcelain veneers after communicating with the ceramist and making sure we know how much of a whiter smile you desire.
For a regular veneer preparation for a tooth that needs minimal shape adjustment but only a change of color, the preparation is usually within 0.3-0.5 mm only on the facial (visible) surface of the tooth.
If we already smile designed more prominent teeth, due to small teeth that is desired to be more matching to the smile line and facial structure, we usually need even less preparation which sometimes reduces the preparation to 0.1 mm. This is sometimes so insignificant that we sometimes don’t even need to use any local anesthetics nor needles!
Dr. Toksoy will guide you with his honest opinion if you need veneers to achieve the smile you want or not. Sometimes a simple bonding or whitening procedure achieves great results by itself!
When our patients are not sure if they want to do veneers. Dr. Toksoy will guide them and if they are good candidates for porcelain veneers, he will even do a demo to be charged only for the demo fee, to let the patients commit financially much less than a full smile makeover, before they make a final decision. This demo fee will be credited to your future smile makeover if you decide to move on with the treatment!
Again, this changes from patient to patient individually. The best way to find out would be a free cosmetic consultation with Dr. Toksoy at our Gramercy Park, Manhattan, NY location and find out what is the most conservative, tooth friendly treatment to give you the smile you desire!
Dental veneers are an exceptional way to transform your smile. During the procedure, your dentist will remove a very small amount of tooth enamel, then permanently bond a replica made of porcelain or composite resin over your natural teeth. Veneers can correct chips, gaps, discoloration, minor alignment issues, and other concerns about your smile.
One question that patients have when considering dental veneers is how natural their smile will look after the procedure. No one wants to have obvious artificial teeth, so the color, placement, size, and material of your veneers are all important factors to consider when opting for this treatment.
Here’s how you can work with your experienced dentist to ensure your dental veneers look natural, yet incredibly enhance your appearance!