Pioneer Valley Dental | Now Offering No-Prep Porcelain Veneers in West Valley City

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Now Offering No-Prep Porcelain Veneers

In the world of cosmetic dentistry, one of the newest techniques being offered is no-prep porcelain veneers.  According to Dr. Kim Maki of Pioneer Valley Dental, new technology has resulted in the development of dental porcelain veneers or laminates that can be paper thin (as thin as 0.2 millimeters). In spite of the thinness, these products maintain high levels of strength and durability.

 “While traditional porcelain veneers usually require the removal of tooth structure, the new no-prep porcelain veneers require little if any tooth reduction.  Like traditional veneers, no-prep veneers are adhesively bonded to the front surface of the tooth.  But, the no-prep veneers don’t require the dentist to file down any or as much of the tooth for proper placement.  In many cases, this means the patient doesn’t even require a local anesthetic,” Dr. Maki said.

Dr. Maki notes that no-prep porcelain veneers are like translucent ceramic sheets.  As a result, once the veneer is attached, it allows the normal color of the natural enamel below to show through while also disguising any imperfections of the tooth.  In addition, the no-prep porcelain veneers can improve the tooth’s shape.  In most cases, these veneers should not be used if the patient’s goal is to brighten his or her teeth.

No-prep veneers can be suitable for chipped or cracked teeth, very slightly discolored teeth, gaps or spaces between teeth, mishapened and slightly misaligned teeth, slightly crowded teeth, worn teeth and small teeth.

“While veneers are sometimes referred to as ‘instant orthodontics’ since they can be used for slightly crooked teeth, patients with severely misasligned teeth should really consider braces or Invisalign,” Dr. Maki said.

Dr. Maki earned her undergraduate and D.D.S. degrees at the University of Iowa.  After graduating from the University of Iowa’s dental school in 1986, she completed a residency program at the Veteran’s Administrational Medical Center in Salt Lake City in 1987.  She began practicing at Pioneer Valley Dental in 1988.  Throughout her career, Dr. Maki has served as a volunteer with many local charitable dental programs including the Salt Lake Donated Dental. 


West Valley City Dentist | Now Offering No-Prep Porcelain Veneers. Curtis Smith is a West Valley City Dentist.