Medically Reviewed by Greg Grillo, D.D.S.
Are you considering cosmetic dentistry treatment with veneers, but concerned about the amount of preparation required? Fortunately, advancements in cosmetic dentistry have paved the way for alternative veneer treatments in the form of minimal and no-preparation dental veneers.
Cosmetic dentistry patients seeking to enhance or revitalize their smile with veneers, but unwilling to submit to irreversible removal of tooth structure, may consider Lumineers, Vivaneers, Durathin veneers, or another minimal or no-preparation option.
Custom-designed veneers are composed from composite or porcelain materials and applied over the surface of natural teeth. To accommodate the addition of the veneer shell, natural teeth must first be shaped or “prepped.” This process involves shaping and reducing the natural tooth structure to accommodate the thickness and form of the bonded veneer. These changes rarely affect the underlying dentin layer of the tooth.
Although most people are happy with their veneer treatment (preparation included), there are some who are concerned about permanently altering their natural tooth structure. Whereas this may not be a concern if you only need a single veneer, someone changing the entire esthetic zone (visible smile) may be more apprehensive.
Alternative veneers like Lumineers offer a middle-ground for those seeking a smile makeover, but who are unwilling or unable to submit to traditional veneer requirements. Whereas certain Lumineers cases may require minimal preparation to aid application, such scenarios are far less frequent. In addition, the minimal and no preparation procedures often require less chair time, less discomfort, and are less expensive.
Minimal Prep Veneers: Lumineers, Vivaneers and Durathin Veneers Treatment
Lumineers, Vivaneers, and Durathin veneers are a few of the minimal and no-prep options available for cosmetic dentistry patients seeking an alternative to traditional veneer treatment. Lumineers are probably the most well-known of the options because they are the most heavily marketed.
Minimal or no preparation veneers are made of ultra-thin ceramic materials capable of providing enduring functionality and natural, tooth-like esthetics. The custom shells are applied to the facial surface of teeth using adhesive bonding. In many cases, treatment is so minimal that patients do not require a local anesthetic. More often than not, tooth sensitivity determines whether anesthesia is necessary.
In certain situations, slight modifications to the enamel layer of the teeth may be necessary for optimal placement of the Lumineer, Vivaneer, or Durathin veneers.
Conditions Treated with Minimal and No Prep Veneers
Like their traditional counterparts, minimal prep veneers are suitable for treating a variety of dental conditions. However, there are some cases that these conservative veneers can’t correct, while regular veneers can. Some of the more common issues addressed using Lumineers, Vivaneers, or Durathin veneers include:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Tooth discoloration (whitening also may be recommended)
- Misshapen teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Teeth spacing
- Smile enhancement
To determine candidacy for Lumineers, Vivaneers, Durathin or any other minimal or no preparation veneer, consult a qualified cosmetic dentist with experience placing veneers for teeth. In certain situations, an orthodontic solution may be available as an alternative to veneers. This may include braces, Invisalign, ClearCorrect, etc.
Cost of Lumineers, Vivaneers, Durathin and Other Min or No Prep Veneers
Lumineers costs (and the cost of other minimal and no preparation veneers) may vary depending on the dentist performing the procedure, the location in which it is performed, the specific treatment(s) required and dental insurance coverage. The average cost for Lumineers or traditional veneers can range from $800 to $2,000 per tooth. Most dental insurance policies do not provide coverage for non-essential, esthetic treatments.
To evaluate the price of Lumineers and related treatments, consider setting up several consultations with cosmetic dentists to better gauge costs.