Exquisite Esthetics with No-Preparation VeneersApril 20, 2015 by Sherry Misener
A Non-Invasive Technique to Preserve Enamel
Dennis J. Wells, DDS, AAACD
Juan J. Rego, CDT, AAACD
Although the concept of minimally invasive dentistry has existed for years, current trends have tended to sacrifice tooth structure to achieve esthetic goals. However, the Internet and increased patient awareness have brought to the forefront the importance of practicing responsible esthetics today. Many clinicians, ceramists, researchers, and patients agree that minimal intervention—treating the disease first and using a surgical approach as a last resort—results in maintaining the greatest amount of healthy tooth structure possible, increasing the overall oral health of each patient.
Successful treatment planning and delivery of no-preparation veneers presents several considerations and challenges. Proper assessment of lip fullness, emergence profile, and gingival health are necessary for achieving healthy and highly esthetic restorations. Maintaining gingival health requires proper assessment of the gingival margins before establishing a treatment plan. With no-preparation veneers, restorations are built out on the existing available space, without requiring preparation of the teeth to provide additional space.
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