What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color.
Visiting Dr. G and asking about veneers is the first step in determining if veneers are the right option for you, or if there are alternate solutions available. A consultation with Dr. G about what you want corrected is critical for a successful result.
Deciding that porcelain veneers will create the look you want is only one step in the process. There is much more to learn before proceeding further.
Porcelain laminate veneers consist of a compilation of several thin ceramic layers which replace original tooth enamel, and an adhesive layer. To apply a veneer, a tiny amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than a millimeter. This is essential as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and most accurately restore natural tooth function while creating an even better appearance than the original tooth.
The bond between original tooth and porcelain veneer is critical as it not only provides the esthetic perfection desired, but also a strong bond which is essential for correct veneer function. Light-sensitive resin is placed between the original tooth and the veneer and then hardened using a special curing light.
Porcelain veneers are a very successful option in many situations where the original tooth has developed poor color, shape, and contours. It is also a good choice for fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, and in some situations where the tooth position is compromised and there are minor bite-related problems. For some people, superficial stains do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching. In these situations, a porcelain veneer may be the best option.
The Benefits of Veneers
Porcelain veneers offer you many benefits:
- A Great, Natural Looking Smile – Porcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile while looking completely natural.
- It’s Fast – Porcelain veneers can provide a “Smile Makeover.”
- Straight Teeth – With porcelain veneers your teeth will be more perfectly aligned, they’ll be straighter, they’ll look great, and you’ll feel great about smiling again!
- Remove Gapped Teeth – Gaps between your teeth can be closed with porcelain tooth veneers as well.
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