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Diagnosis & Placement of No-Prep Veneers

Diagnosis & Placement of No-Prep Veneers - CE Course
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Course Objectives (4 CE Credits)

Michael C. DiTolla, DDS, FAGD

No-prep versus minimal-prep versus prepped veneers: a tougher ceramic and the ability to press it very thin — just 0.3 mm in thickness where a veneer needs to be thin — provide you and your patients with more esthetic options. Exciting results are possible, sometimes without shots, drilling, cord packing and temporaries. This presentation covers the use of very thin, laboratory-fabricated veneers. Participants that complete the presentation will acquire useful information in many areas, including the following:

  • Veneers: what has and has not changed
  • Use of a study model
  • Discussion of the clinical significance of gingival emergence profile
  • Shade-adjustability using medium-value translucent cement, or low value, or high value
  • Incisal translucency: what to expect and what can be achieved
  • Tooth preparation, impressions, shade-taking, try-ins, seating and cementation, clean-up and polishing
  • See many before-situations and the results that can be achieved after little or no tooth-preparation
  • Practice tips and demonstrations of recommended instruments and materials are provided


Prepped, minimal-prep or no-prep veneers — what does your patient want? More and more patients are seeking no-prep veneers, to avoid the discomfort and inconvenience of prepping. Veneers are thinner and more durable than ever, and technology now exists that will enable you to address many commonly encountered esthetic challenges and achieve patient-pleasing results, sometimes without shots or drilling. The seven clinical cases in this set of videos demonstrate how no-prep veneers have improved greatly over the last few years, and provide techniques for placing these veneers in cases when minimal prepping may have been needed in the past.

Dr. Michael DiTolla provides insight on how to decide whether no-prep veneers are an option for your case, answers some common questions dentists have about no-prep veneers, and gives tips to make sure you achieve the ultimate results, including how to provide the proper shading for these shade-adjustable veneers. He walks you through cases where no-prep veneers are not the obvious choice yet provide great results. Dr. DiTolla even highlights a case where minimal-prep and no-prep veneers are used on the same patient, giving you a unique side-by-side comparison.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.


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