Thanks for the kind words!
That early due date was a mistake on our part, and we will do our best to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
I use the medium body (purple) as my syringe material, just to make sure it doesn’t tear because I get it to go about 1 mm into the sulcus with the two-cord technique. Also, it will often set in contact with the #00 cord, which can increase the chances of it tearing. The medium body prevents that from happening.
Because the margins of no-prep/minimal prep veneers tend to make a little speed bump on the tooth, due to there typically being no prep at the margin, I prefer to leave that bump at the free margin of the gingiva, rather than placing it subgingivally. With conventionally prepped veneers, I always place the margins subgingival.
As for not retracting the tissue, that’s just my personal preference. You won’t go wrong following Bob Lowe’s method when it comes to any aspect of clinical dentistry. He continues to be one of my clinical mentors, which is why his articles are in nearly every issue of Chairside.
My favorite veneer cement continues to be the translucent shade of NX3 Nexus® Third Generation from Kerr, which is something Bob Lowe and I definitely agree on.
Hope that helps!