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How Our Patient With Weak Enamel Got Her Dream Smile Without Sacrificing Natural Tooth Structure

Dr. Gesica Horn in black dress. Text: The minimally invasive way to fix weak and discolored teeth. Find out how with Dr. Gesica Horn!

Are you suffering from weak enamel that may be causing a discolored smile?

This may be caused by dentinogenesis imperfecta, a tooth development disorder that affects the structure and function of your teeth.

Weak tooth enamel can cause you to be more prone to:

  • Fractures
  • Tooth loss
  • Lower self-esteem

Even if you’re not happy with your smile, you may shy away from cosmetic dental treatments because you’re scared you might need to remove natural tooth structure.

So, you may be wondering:

“How do I prevent weak enamel from taking away my smile’s integrity and confidence?”

Keep reading to find out how Dr. Gesica Horn helped a patient bring her dream smile to life without sacrificing natural tooth structure.

Finding the right cosmetic dental solution for weak enamel

Our patient needed to find the right clinician to come up with a cosmetic treatment that didn’t involve altering her existing tooth structure.

She wanted something like porcelain veneers that could hide smile flaws, such as gray teeth.


Traditional veneer preparations require cutting away at your natural tooth structure to fit sturdy porcelain materials into your smile.

And since our patient had weak tooth enamel, our solution became clear:

Prepless veneers.

In addition:

We were able to use Invisalign®’s clear aligners to gently move her teeth to prepare for her veneers.

How did prepless veneers help our patient?

Our patient was enthusiastic about the idea of achieving the look traditional veneers gave without having to alter her current tooth structure.

Prepless veneers are a noninvasive alternative to porcelain veneers.

They’re ultra-thin, tooth-colored shells adhered to the front of your teeth to give you a bright, white smile you’ll love for years to come.


Prepless veneers won’t damage your teeth and are completely reversible.

In comparison:

Porcelain veneers do require reshaping your tooth structure.

Although it fixes a variety of smile flaws, it’s an irreversible procedure that may not be suited for patients with weak enamel.

But with prepless veneers, we worked closely with a specialized dental laboratory and expert ceramist to create a smile design that allows us to perform additive dentistry.

Find out how prepless veneers can transform your smile.

Was our patient able to use Invisalign even with weak tooth enamel?


Invisalign is a conservative treatment that gently moves your teeth into place without sacrificing tooth structure.

We used Invisalign clear aligners to realign her teeth and create adequate space for her new veneers.

Invisalign is also:

  • Discreet – Since these aligners are practically invisible, our patient didn’t have to feel embarrassed about receiving treatment
  • Removable so she could easily eat her favorite foods and clean her teeth normally
  • Great for improving oral health since straight teeth are easier to clean

Using these two techniques, we were able to get these results. Check it out!

Dr. Horn’s additive dentistry technique involves conservative dentistry that works carefully to protect weak enamel.

After our patient completed her Invisalign treatment, she was ready for the placement of her prepless veneers.

Check out the result:

Patient with weak enamel before and after prepless veneers.

Her treatment boosted her confidence and allowed her to express her happiness without holding anything back.

The best part?

These cosmetic solutions didn’t require sacrificing any natural tooth structure.

“My life has changed since Dr. Horn transformed my smile. I would never smile with my teeth before, and now I can’t stop smiling! I’m so excited to get in front of a camera.”

Finally, weak tooth enamel won’t be able to hold her smile back anymore.

What’s a good age to get veneers?

Being embarrassed by your smile can affect you even at a young age.

While there are no specific restrictions, it may be best to wait for all of your permanent teeth to come in before pursuing cosmetic dental work.

If you’re in the Minneapolis area, you can schedule your consultation today to see if you’d be a good candidate for veneers.

Conservative cosmetic dentistry does exist, even if you have weak enamel

You don’t have to sacrifice healthy tooth structure to enjoy a brand new smile you love.

However, it’s important to find the perfect cosmetic dentist who understands your needs and works with your existing smile condition without compromise.

Some things to keep in mind when searching for a Minneapolis cosmetic dentist include:

  • Checking real patient reviews
  • Looking at the dentist’s smile gallery
  • Checking AACD credentials
  • Seeing if they go beyond the bare minimum of continued education after dental school

To learn more about the comprehensive list of how to find your perfect cosmetic dentist, check out our blog.

Looking for a cosmetic dentist in the Minneapolis area?

Having a smile you love is priceless.

And restoring it to its full potential using conservative treatments, both in structure and appearance, is our top priority.

Dr. Gesica Horn is one of only 86 dentists worldwide to achieve a Fellowship with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry… This text opens a new tab to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry website… – the highest level of distinction as a cosmetic dentist.

In addition, she:

  • Completed three post-doctorate prosthodontic programs from the top three centers in the world
  • Continues her education to stay on top of dental technology and training
  • Transformed the smiles of countless patients 

Are you ready to experience life-changing cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Horn?

Serene Oaks Dental is located in North Oaks, MN… This text opens a new tab to the Google Maps website…, and also welcomes patients from neighboring communities, including Minneapolis, White Bear Lake, St. Paul, Twin Cities, Shoreview, and Arden Hills.

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