What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, also referred to as dental veneers or porcelain laminates, are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front of teeth to create a cosmetic improvement and sometimes a bite improvement. Porcelain veneers have successfully improved smiles by making dark teeth look lighter and healthier. They can make yellow teeth permanently whiter and gray tetracycline stained teeth look much more natural. Porcelain veneers can make crooked teeth look straight in just a few days. Patient’s can look and feel more confident, more professional and have a wonderfully natural looking smile. Porcelain veneers can improve your entire personality by enhancing and adding a spark to your smile and appearance.
Porcelain Veneers can correct:
- uneven or crooked teeth
- teeth that are out of proportion
- tetracycline stained teeth that have gray color spaces between teeth
- yellow teeth that are dark and cannot be whitened or bleached
- worn down teeth
Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining from coffee, tea or even cigarette smoking. Veneers and laminates have a natural appeal to them and last anywhere between 10 to 50 years. Porcelain veneers are brushed, flossed and treated just like natural teeth. You should not even know they are in you mouth as they become integrated into your natural tooth structure. The treatment is short as it could take from a couple of days to three weeks to make the veneers depending on the complexity.
How are Porcelain Veneers Applied?
A mold of your tooth is taken for the fabrication of the porcelain veneers that are constructed for each individual tooth. The custom made veneers are then bonded to your teeth with a very strong adhesive. There are a huge variety of adhesives and techniques to using these special dental bonding adhesives.
Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
There are many advantages of getting porcelain veneers. First and foremost they will give your teeth a natural and healthy appearance. Porcelain veneers have an advantage over other cosmetic bonding techniques since they are translucent and have a glass like appearance that is undetectably natural looking. After the laminates are bonded to the surface of your tooth they duplicate the features of natural dental enamel. Porcelain is a ceramic heat fired and does not pick up stains. If there is a stain, it can be polished off easily during a normal cleaning. Porcelain veneers can also protect the tooth’s surface from damage.