Have your broken or misshapen teeth dealt a major blow to your confidence? Are you dreaming of having a superstar smile? For all of your cosmetic dentistry needs, look no further than Dr. Anthony Mobasser in Los Angeles! As one of the country’s leading cosmetic dentists, Dr. Mobasser has a long list of celebrity clientele and more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He can help you get the A-list smile you’ve always wanted! Dr. Mobasser specializes in no-prep veneers, also known as lumineers. No-prep veneers are an excellent alternative to porcelain veneers. They correct any imperfections in your smile without touching the existing tooth structure or putting too much strain on your wallet. Read on to find out more about no-prep veneers!
What Are No-Prep Veneers?
Often referred to as “lumineers,” no-prep veneers are an ultra-thin porcelain veneer that does not require the extensive preparation of traditional porcelain veneers.
When you have no-prep veneers placed, there are no changes made to your existing teeth. There is no drilling or re-shaping of the existing tooth structure. Instead, the thin no-prep veneer is placed directly on the tooth as is.
This makes no-prep veneers a perfect option for patients who want to correct their smile with a more conservative procedure.
Imperfections that No-Prep Veneers Can Correct
No-prep veneers are a great way to resolve a number of dental issues including, but not limited to the following:
- Cracks in the teeth
- Minor chips in the teeth
- Spacing issues
- Inverted teeth
- Mild discoloration or stains
It is worth noting that there are certain conditions that no-prep veneers will not resolve. This includes severe stains or discoloration. Since the lumineers are so thin (0.3 to 0.5mm), they do not cover significant discoloration. For patients who are looking for a whiter, brighter smile, Dr. Mobasser recommends bleaching the teeth beforehand or opting for traditional porcelain veneers instead.
Every patient is unique, which means that each one has specific dental needs. The best way to know whether no-prep veneers can resolve your particular issues is by meeting with a cosmetic dentist for a consultation.
How Much Do No-Prep Veneers Cost?
No-prep veneers are a popular choice among patients looking to improve their smile because they are far more affordable than porcelain veneers. In a city like Los Angeles where cosmetic dentistry is in high demand, porcelain veneers can be expensive. No-prep veneers, on the other hand, are generally more cost-effective.
Depending on how many teeth are being worked on, you could save thousands of dollars by choosing no-prep veneers.
What is the Procedure Like?
One of the main benefits of no-prep veneers is how simple the procedure is when compared to porcelain veneers.
While porcelain veneers require local anesthetic and re-shaping of the existing tooth structure, lumineers don’t require any of that. When you have no-prep veneers placed, the existing tooth structure is not changed at all. Instead, the tooth is left exactly as is and the ultra-thin lumineer is simply bound to the front of the tooth. It gives you a brand-new smile in no time at all!
The no-prep veneer process only takes a few steps. Here’s what you can expect:
To determine whether you’re a good candidate for no-prep veneers, you’ll need to have a consultation with Dr. Mobasser before moving forward. Dr. Mobasser can evaluate your dental situation to see whether no-prep veneers will resolve the imperfections or concerns that you have. If you’re deemed to be a good candidate for lumineers, the doctor will begin the next step in the process.
With exact measurements and imaging of your teeth, Dr. Mobasser will work with a ceramist to design the perfect lumineers for your teeth. Ultra-thin ceramic is used to make no-prep veneers that will correct your imperfections.
Once they are finished, your no-prep veneers can be placed. The actual procedure is very simple, as it doesn’t require re-shaping or manipulation of the existing tooth. You don’t even need any anesthetic!
Dr. Mobasser will simply attach the lumineers to the front surface of your tooth with his very own specialized binding adhesive. Once they are placed, you will officially have your new smile.
Can You Preview Your No-Prep Veneers?
If you have consulted with a cosmetic dentist and you are still unsure about getting no-prep veneers, you may enjoy the ability to preview what your lumineers would look like.
Dr. Mobasser provides a service known as Wax Up. With this service, you can see what your new smile will look like through the use of a temporary model. If you are happy with what you see, you can move forward with the no-prep veneer process!
No-Prep Veneers vs. Porcelain Veneers
When you’re debating whether you should get no-prep veneers or their counterpart, porcelain veneers, you should consider the pros and cons of each. The following are the benefits and downsides of each procedure:
Benefits of No-Prep Veneers
- Less expensive
- Not invasive
- No re-shaping or drilling of existing teeth
- Faster, simpler process
Downsides of No-Prep Veneers
- Does not cover severe discoloration or stains
- Can cause gum inflammation
- Shorter lifespan
- Not highly durable
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- Highly durable
- Long lifespan
- Covers severe discoloration and stains
- Resolves significant imperfections
Downsides of Porcelain Veneers
- More expensive
- Changes to existing tooth structure may be required
- More invasive procedure
- A longer, more complicated process
Are You a Good Candidate for No-Prep Veneers?
If you have mild or moderate dental issues, lumineers or no-prep veneers could be the perfect solution. Patients who have teeth with cracks, minor chips, or spacing issues have seen incredible results with no-prep veneers. Patients that are looking to resolve severe discoloration will not have great results with lumineers, as the thin nature of the porcelain will not cover their stains.
It is also worth noting that no-prep veneers can result in gum inflammation for some patients. This is because a layer must be added to the neck of your tooth, creating a space where plaque can easily be trapped.
Your budget is another huge factor to consider when you’re deciding to get cosmetic dentistry. If you want to improve your smile, but cannot afford the costly procedure for porcelain veneers, no-prep veneers might be an amazing option.
The best way to make your decision is by having a consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Mobasser.
Get No-Prep Veneers with Dr. Anthony Mobasser
If you want to enhance your smile without the expense of porcelain veneers, no-prep veneers could be the best option for you.
Dr. Anthony Mobasser is a leading provider of no-prep veneers in Los Angeles, working with a long list of celebrity clients. With over 30 years of experience, he can give you the perfect smile you’ve always wanted!
Before making any commitments, Dr. Mobasser will examine your teeth to determine the best course of action for your no-prep veneers, ensuring you get the beautiful smile you’re dreaming of. To schedule your free consultation, give us a call today!