Are Minimal Prep Veneers For Me?

When considering cosmetic treatment for your smile, you want to make sure you’re a good candidate for treatment. Finding the right treatment for your specific needs, budget, and goals is important. Dental veneers are common cosmetic dental treatments that cover one or more teeth and create a balanced, bright smile. Minimal prep veneers require less preparation than traditional veneers, so we remove less tooth enamel. As your cosmetic dentist in Arlington Heights, IL, we’re here to help you determine if treatments like minimal prep veneers fit your needs.

Are Minimal Prep Veneers For Me?

Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington Heights, IL: Minimal Prep Veneers

Minimal prep veneers can be a great option for many patients who want brighter smiles. When considering your candidacy for treatment, we will take these aspects into account:


If you have crooked and misaligned teeth, you may not be a candidate for minimal prep veneers. However, this will depend on the extent of your misalignment. We will recommend orthodontic treatment for patients with crooked teeth that affect the comfort of their bite. However, patients with slightly crooked teeth that only affect their smile’s aesthetics can receive veneers, even minimal prep veneers.

Tooth Size

Patients with large teeth may not be candidates for minimal prep veneers because they require more preparation. Traditional veneers can cover larger teeth because we etch into the enamel to prepare teeth for treatment. Tooth preparation ensures that the veneers do not look or feel bulky. Minimal prep veneers may not be the right option for larger teeth because these teeth will require more preparation.

Tooth Discoloration

Like traditional veneers, minimal prep veneers use porcelain materials. Porcelain reflects light like natural teeth for a seamless look. Patients with deep discoloration due to intrinsic stains, or stains within the teeth, will benefit from minimal prep veneers. As with other types of veneers, we ensure minimal prep veneers blend in with other teeth and brighten discolored teeth. Minimal prep veneers can be the best option for tooth stains, darkened enamel, and yellow teeth.

Gaps Between Teeth

Minimal prep veneers can cover small gaps between teeth, but we will recommend orthodontic treatment if there are large gaps between teeth. Larger tooth gaps often require braces or Invisalign if multiple spaces exist between teeth. We will examine your smile to determine if your tooth gaps can be treated with minimal prep veneers.

Are you interested in dental veneers? Have you heard of minimal prep veneers? See if minimal prep veneers are right for you. Call AH Smiles for a consultation at (847) 230-9703.

You may also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Brent Engelberg on our website. We will examine your smile and take your specific goals, budget, and cosmetic needs into consideration before recommending treatment.