Who is a candidate for no-prep veneers?

Dr. Catrise Austin:

Gil, I get a lot of questions about no-prep veneers. People are scared to death to get their teeth shaved if they don’t have to. let’s talk about who is a candidate and then who may not be [crosstalk 00:00:16].

Gil Villavecer:

With regards to the candidate, that’s your expertise.

Dr. Catrise Austin:

Yes, it is.

Gil Villavecer:

By the time you determine who’s a good candidate, then that’s our expertise.

Dr. Catrise Austin:

Right.

Gil Villavecer:

Go ahead.

Dr. Catrise Austin:

If you have teeth that are really bucked or sticking forward, really rotate it, to make them look like they’re straight without braces, we have to do some drilling. If your teeth are a little bit shorter than you want them to be and you want to make them longer, if you have some minor spacing and you want to close the gaps, if we don’t have to do a lot of magic with your teeth, then we can more than likely offer you no-prep veneers, but it really does require a consultation so we can determine if we can not shave your teeth.

Gil Villavecer:

From a lab perspective, we do no-prep veneers all the time and again, we work with expert cosmetic dentists that can identify the right type of patient. It’s back to what I said before. Once they’re on there, they’re very strong, even though they’re thin. Here’s where the expertise of the lab comes in. Even though they’re thinner, we can actually put in all the different characteristics so that if you have eight no-prep veneers, it’s going to look like you have eight beautiful natural teeth.

Dr. Catrise Austin:

That’s right. If you get no-prep veneers and you really should have had your teeth drilled on, they’re going to look bulky and I see that a lot.

Gil Villavecer:

Exactly.

Dr. Catrise Austin:

There’s a lot of dentists overseas that advertise come to Columbia, no-prep veneers. Sometimes you see that the results aren’t as natural looking as they could be.

Gil Villavecer:

You have to manage expectations. No-prep veneer sounds really good.

Dr. Catrise Austin:

It sounds great.

Gil Villavecer:

But not everybody’s a candidate. Now what you’ve done and we’ve seen that is, it might not be a no-prep veneer, but it’s a minimum prep.

Dr. Catrise Austin:

Minimum prep, yeah.

Gil Villavecer:

When it’s minimal, all you’re doing is just creating enough surface for us to be able to put that veneer on.

Dr. Catrise Austin:

Yeah, because sometimes you have a little hump or a little notch in your tooth and we just have to just mildly shave it down or flatten it with sandpaper.

Gil Villavecer:

Don’t be afraid of minimal prep veneers, even veneers for the most part, but when you hear no-prep, that’s a very small percentage.

Dr. Catrise Austin:

Very small.

Gil Villavecer:

It becomes minimal prep.

Dr. Catrise Austin:

Good job.

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