Updated on March 19, 2024
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No Prep Veneers – Procedures, Pros, Cons, Costs & Alternatives

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What are No-Prep Veneers?

No-prep dental veneers don’t require changes to the underlying tooth structure. They are shell-like restorations applied directly to the natural teeth to improve their appearance.

With traditional veneers, a dentist must first reshape your teeth. This irreversible procedure may involve removing part of your tooth enamel. Traditional veneers are typically permanent and can’t be removed.

No-prep veneers are a non-invasive alternative to traditional dental veneers. They’re easier and faster to make and still produce beautiful long-term results.

Pros and Cons of No-Prep Veneers

Like any dental treatment, no-prep veneers have advantages and disadvantages.

3d illustration of no prep veneers being installed into the teeth

Pros of no-prep veneers include:

  • No permanent alterations to teeth — you don’t usually need to remove or reshape your natural teeth to get no-prep veneers. Preserving tooth enamel is highly recommended by most dentists.2
  • Easy and pain-free — the minimally invasive procedure usually lasts an hour or two and shouldn’t cause any pain.
  • Affordable options — they are often less expensive than conventional veneers.
  • Removable at any time — your dentist can remove them anytime.
  • Light and natural looking — many people love their lightweight feel and natural appearance.
  • No temporary veneers — you won’t have to wear temporary veneers while you wait for your final veneers, as you do with conventional veneers.

Cons of no-prep veneers are:

  • Limited solution — no-prep veneers can only fix mild to moderate esthetic problems. Severe dental issues may require a more invasive solution.
  • Less durable — they may not be as durable as traditional alternatives.
  • Shorter lifespan — they don’t last as long as conventional veneers and will need replacement after several years. 

How Much Do No-Prep Veneers Cost?

No-prep veneers usually cost between $800 to $2,000 per tooth. They are slightly less expensive than traditional veneers.

Factors that impact the price include which brand you choose and what your dentist charges. Insurance providers will not typically cover no-prep veneers because they are a cosmetic dental procedure.

No-Prep vs. Traditional Veneers 

Consider all your options when researching dental veneers. Traditional veneers come in two main types: composite veneers and porcelain veneers

According to some research, composite veneers consist of a tooth-colored resin, which most people find more esthetically pleasing.4 They are typically cheaper but less durable. 

Porcelain veneers require the most tooth reduction but last the longest, with one study showing over 50% of porcelain veneers can survive for a decade without professional intervention.5

Compare no-prep, composite, and porcelain veneers to understand which type is right for you.

Lumineers (No-Prep Veneers)Traditional Composite VeneersTraditional Porcelain Veneers
LifespanCan last 5 to 7 yearsCan last around 5 yearsCan last 10+ years
Cost$800 to $2,000 per tooth$250 to $1,500 per tooth$925 to $2,500 per tooth
ProcedureNo tooth reductionRequires some tooth reductionRequires the most tooth reduction
What They FixMinor issues like misalignment and gapsMinor, moderate, and severe esthetic issuesMinor, moderate, and severe esthetic issues
BenefitsThin, lightweight, natural-looking, removableAffordable, convenient, match your natural teethStrong, stain-resistant, long-lasting

Composite or porcelain veneers may be appropriate for more severe esthetic or structural issues.

However, no-prep veneers like Lumineers can be a great alternative if you have relatively healthy tooth structure and only minor esthetic problems. One study showed they can last longer than conventional veneers in some cases.6

Types of No-Prep Veneers

There are many types of no-prep veneers. You and your dentist can discuss the available options to determine which type makes sense for you.

The most popular types include:


Lumineers are no-prep veneers made of extremely thin porcelain that provide a natural look. They can be applied in a pain-free procedure that takes 1 to 2 hours.


Vivaneers are similar to Lumineers. They are made of porcelain that is 0.33 mm thick (about the width of a contact lens). They typically require no or minimal preparation.


The brand DURAthin guarantees a no-prep application. Their thin porcelain veneers can be easily removed and keep your natural smile intact. 

No-Prep Veneers Procedure 

Getting no-prep veneers is a simple procedure with only a few steps. From start to finish, here’s what to expect:

1. Initial Consultation

First, you’ll make an appointment with your dentist to discuss veneers. During this visit, they will examine your teeth and discuss your medical history to ensure you’re an appropriate candidate.

Studies show that no-prep veneers are best for people with healthy tooth structure.1 They’re effective solutions for:

  • Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Tooth discoloration or staining
  • Mildly chipped or broken teeth
  • Moderate spacing or sizing issues

Once the dentist has determined that you’re a good candidate, they will explain the procedure and discuss options. 

2. Making Impressions

After you’ve chosen which type of no-prep veneers you want, your dentist will make an impression, or a mold, of your teeth. This may involve a digital scan.

Your dentist will then send the impressions to the lab that manufactures your veneer of choice. You’ll make a follow-up appointment once the veneers are ready.

3. Applying the Veneers

You’ll return to your dentist’s office once they’ve received your veneers, usually a few weeks later. At this appointment, your dentist will:

  • Check the fit of your veneers
  • Etch the enamel to prep your teeth for the veneers
  • Bond the veneers to your teeth with adherent

They may also polish the veneers once they’re attached, though that’s not always necessary.

The procedure requires little to no recovery time. You can eat and drink immediately afterward.

Are No-Prep Veneers Permanent?

No-prep veneers are considered semi-permanent. They bond to your teeth, but your dentist can easily remove them anytime. You can return to your natural smile whenever you want.

Traditional veneers are permanent because they require irreversible alteration to your teeth. No-prep veneers typically don’t involve any alteration to your underlying tooth structure. 

No-prep veneers can last for years but aren’t irreversible like conventional veneers.


No-prep veneers are an alternative to traditional dental veneers. They require no tooth reduction or reshaping. They are easy and quick to manufacture and painless to apply. 

Made of thin porcelain, no-prep veneers last about 5 to 7 years. Dentists can remove them at any time. They are typically less expensive than conventional veneers, but insurance will not cover them. 

People with minor esthetic issues typically make good candidates for no-prep veneers. Talk to your dentist about what kind of veneers are right for you.

Last updated on March 19, 2024
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Last updated on March 19, 2024
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