Minimal Prep Veneers Arlington Heights, IL

Highly skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist in Arlington Heights, IL, Dr. Engelberg has partnered with nationally recognized ceramists Brad Jones and Dane Barlow to offer minimal-prep dental veneers. Your minimal prep veneers are custom color-matched and shaped to fit precisely over your existing teeth for a new smile that looks and feels completely natural.

These are referred to as “minimal prep” because they only require removing a small amount of enamel for placement. In some cases, no removal is necessary at all. Your dentist will take detailed measurements of your smile. An expert ceramist, Brad Jones or Dane Barlow, will then craft each restoration by hand. After checking the fit, your dentist will place the completed restoration using a powerful bonding agent.

Dental veneers provide a highly effective, lasting treatment option for making over the shape and color of your smile. There are several types of dental veneers. Dr. Brent Engelberg will work with you to determine the most suitable option for your dental health and cosmetic goals.

What to Expect

The process will begin with a consultation where Dr. Engelberg will provide digital images of expected results and create a personalized treatment plan. We take digital impressions to fabricate your custom dental veneers. We send them to ceramist Brad Jones, who makes each by hand.

For this type of dental veneer, only a small amount of tooth surface needs to be removed to allow for the attachment of your veneers. In some cases, your dentist may be able to attach the veneer without removing any tooth structure at all.

At the final visit, we fit your custom minimal prep veneers, make adjustments for comfort, and permanently secure them to your teeth for years of beautiful smiles.

Minimal Prep Veneers FAQs

Are minimal prep veneers reversible?

Minimal prep veneers are reversible. A dentist can remove them easily. However, some damage to the enamel may occur in the removal process.

How long do minimal prep veneers last? 

Minimal prep veneers typically last 5-7 years, depending on your oral care routine and diet. They are not indestructible, so avoid using your teeth to open things or chew on ice.

Do minimal prep veneers stain?

Minimal prep veneers can stain. They are more porous than porcelain veneers and natural teeth, so they can absorb color more easily. Moderate your coffee intake and other foods that can easily stain your teeth.

Can I get a cavity under my minimal prep veneer?

Your teeth are still prone to decay, even if you receive minimal prep veneers. If you develop tooth decay or gum disease, your infection can spread to your teeth. Veneers cover the front of the tooth enamel and cannot protect the gums or back of the teeth. Brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly can prevent harmful bacteria from affecting your natural teeth.

What are the differences between minimal and no prep veneers?

No-prep veneers typically use ceramic materials and are bonded directly to the tooth enamel. Minimal-prep veneers are usually made of porcelain materials and require tooth preparation before bonding to teeth. Preparing teeth for veneers will ensure that the veneers do not look or feel bulky. 

Who is a good candidate for minimal-prep veneers?

We recommend minimal-prep veneers for patients in good oral health but with tooth stains or signs of tooth wear. Patients with large or crooked teeth aren’t the best candidates for minimal-prep veneers. We will recommend traditional veneers for those patients. Additionally, we will not recommend veneers if patients clench or grind their teeth. We will address bruxism before recommending veneers.