What's the Difference Between Veneers and Minimal Prep Veneers?

By: Dr. Victoria Veytsman


Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure that allows our patients in New York City, NY to improve how their smile looks. While they are a great option for many people, they don’t always work for those with weakened or eroded tooth enamel. For these people, Dr. Victoria Veytsman offers minimal prep veneers. These no-prep veneers require little to no preparation of the teeth, which makes them a viable treatment for so many of our patients at Cosmetic Dental Studios NYC.

What can veneers or minimal prep veneers correct?

Dr. Veytsman has used them to help her patients in Midtown Manhattan to correct:

· Crowded or overlapping teeth

· Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth

· Uneven alignment or spacing

· Yellowing, stains, or discolorations

· Crooked teeth (as an alternative to Invisalign®)

Veneers help create a more straight, white, and natural-looking smile. They also help protect the surface of damaged teeth and eliminate any need for more extensive dental procedures in the future.

Veneers versus minimal prep veneers

Minimal prep veneers provide many of the same benefits that veneers do. The main difference is that they don’t require any preparation of the teeth. This means that more of your natural teeth are preserved. An ideal candidate for minimal prep veneers is someone who has enough remaining tooth surface to bond them to.

About minimal prep veneers

Because there is no preparation of the teeth, patients at our New York City, NY office spend less time in the chair when they choose minimal prep veneers. During your first visit, Dr. Veytsman will create a mold that best fits your natural teeth. They are custom made to match the shade of your natural teeth. Temporaries aren’t needed with minimal prep veneers. Once they’re ready, you will have a second visit to our office for them to be placed and adjusted if needed.

Since the process is typically pain-free as there is no removal of existing tooth enamel and no injections, the experience is seamless. Once your minimal prep veneers are bonded, there is no post-treatment tooth sensitivity experienced by some of our veneer patients. For those looking for a reversible procedure, they can be removed as they leave your natural teeth underneath strong and intact. With proper care, they can last up to 20 years.

Caring for your veneers

The most important thing to consider with veneers or minimal prep veneers is that they won’t last forever. This makes it important to care for your teeth efficiently from home. A regular at-home oral hygiene routine with regular brushing and flossing that removes plaque and leftover food particles helps to limit your chance of developing tooth decay or gum disease. Regular dental exams and routine dental cleanings are also important as they allow Dr. V to determine when you need a replacement. The better you care for your teeth, the better they will look.

Learn if veneers or minimal prep veneers are viable treatment options for your smile

When you’re looking for ways to improve your smile, Dr. Victoria Veytsman offers different cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as veneers. At Cosmetic Dental Studios NYC, we help patients repair their smiles. During a smile makeover consultation, she can listen to your concerns and explain what treatments you’re a candidate for. To learn more about veneers and minimal prep veneers, call our Midtown Manhattan office to schedule a free online consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.