What are Minimal Prep Veneers?

What are Minimal Prep Veneers?

What are Minimal Prep Veneers?

Minimal prep veneers involve slightly adjusting your teeth to fit thin sheets of porcelain over the front of your teeth. 

This will give you an amazing smile!

What Can Minimal Prep Veneers Achieve?

What Can Minimal Prep Veneers Achieve?

What Can Minimal Prep Veneers Achieve?
  • Filling in gaps in your teeth
  • Making your teeth brighter (or longer if that's required)

The people who opt for veneer treatment range from 21 years and upward.

The condition of their teeth varies greatly also: worn, chipped, discoloured, or perhaps just you're not happy with the shape of your teeth!


Benefits of Minimal Prep Veneers

Improve the cosmetic appearance of your teeth

Keep natural tooth structure intact

Require fewer visits to the dentist before applying the veneer

Deliver a natural looking smile

Preserving tooth structure

Allow the natural colour of the tooth to remain visible

Smile with confidence

Correct undesired imperfections

  • The Initial Consultation
  • The Process
  • Maintenance
The Initial Consultation
The Initial Consultation

The Initial Consultation

At your initial consultation your cosmetic dentist will discuss all the options you have to achieve a beautiful smile.

A fully costed treatment plan will be provided - or several plans if there is more than one option.

Photographs will be taken so the digital smile design process can begin so you can get to see how your smile can look before any treatment is started.

Often moulds or scans of your teeth will be taken so a protype of your veneers can be fabricated.

The Process
The Process

The Process

After your cosmetic dentist decides you are suitable for minimal prep veneers the planning and design begins!

A Digital Smile Design is created after discussions between you and the dentist on how you'd like your smile to be.

Once the Digital Smile Design is approved then a 3D prototype of your veneers are made. These will be tried in so you can see what your veneers could look like.

Once you are happy with the design then your dentist uses a guided technique to adjust your teeth and a scan is taken and sent to the lab to have your veneers made.

A Couple of weeks later you will return to have the Veneers bonded.




Minimal Prep veneers are maintained just like your own teeth. 

At home regular brushing and flossing is essential.

Frequent visits to your hygienist and dentist are also very important.

The better you care for your veneers the longer they will last.

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I can eat again. Before I couldn't eat. In photographs I'm the one right at the front!

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Commonly Asked Questions

Who are Minimal Prep Veneers for?

Those who want to conservatively correct their smiles

Patients seeking improvements in symmetry and alignment

Those who want to conceal:
Crooked, uneven, gapped or chipped teeth

When an improvement in colour or shade of teeth is required

Am I suitable for Minimal Prep Veneers

Your cosmetic dentist will advise you if Miniamal prep veneers are the best choice for you.

Minimal Prep Veneers are an excellent, conservative option but not everyone is suitable.

At the end of the treatment its important that you have a smile that you love. If this can be better achieved by different means you will be advised.

What materials are Minimal Prep Veneers made out of?

Non Prep Veneers are made out of a reinforced porcelain material of a tough but beautiful resin.

If I am not suitable for Minimal Prep Veneers do I have any other options?


Other options you may have are Veneers in a Day, Dental Bonding, Invisalign or Short Term Cosmetic Orthodontic treatment.

Your Cosmetic Dentist will guide you to which option is best for you.

All of these great treatments are available at 3Dental.

Are there any age limits?

People over 21 years of age are suitable for Minimal Prep Veneers.

Are my teeth shaved right down?

No. The process of Minimal Prep veneers involves reshaping your enamel slightly.

This is done in a very controlled way using guides. 

A very small amount of enamel is adjusted and sometimes no adjustment is required at all.

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