|A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded onto the front surface of a tooth so to improve its cosmetic appearance.
A porcelain veneer can be an ideal way to make a cosmetic change for a tooth. Compared to dental bonding, porcelain veneers usually look more life like and they have the added benefit of resisting staining well. As a disadvantage, porcelain veneers are typically fairly expensive and if used in the wrong application can be prone to breaking. Unlike dental bonding, if a porcelain veneer has broken typically the whole veneer must be replaced. It usually cannot be patched or repaired.
If you've ever wondered why so many individuals have such perfect smiles, you might be surprised to find out how many of them have had cosmetic dental work done.
One way that we can make your smile more attractive is to place porcelain veneers or jacket crowns. Porcelain veneers are translucent, thin laminates made to improve the esthetics (shape, spacing, color) of natural teeth, to correct crowding, or to replace composite bonding.
If you already have crowns on your front teeth, replacement with all porcelain jacket crowns may give you a more natural, attractive appearance. Or think about cosmetic repositioning as an alternative to orthodontics with the placement of porcelain veneers.
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin (approx. 0,5 mm) translucent porcelain (=ceramic) facings made in the laboratory after an impression. They are fixed permanently to the tooth's front surface using a special adhesive method. The porcelain facing covers the visible surface of the tooth completely.
The chemical bond between porcelain and enamel creates a translucent, tooth-shaded unit with perfect natural aesthetics. Even a dentist can have difficulty telling veneered teeth from untreated ones.
What advantages do ceramic veneers offer?
In comparison with traditional crowns, veneering is much more conservative, and only minimal substance is removed from the tooth. In addition, veneers are robust and long-lasting.
The main advantage, however, lies in the veneers' outstanding aesthetics, which are by far superior to that of metal core crowns. In comparison to a crown, the transitional area of the wafer-thin porcelain facing is almost invisible and needs not be placed under the gums. Gingivitis, receding gums, and exposed crown margins are problems often associated with crowns, but not with veneers. Before veneering treatment, we recommend whitening discoloured teeth using a gentle bleaching process. This avoids the risk of unsightly shade effects.
Veneers are the first choice when correcting the form of anterior teeth. They allow successful correction of tooth misalignment, gaps, form and shade, with superb aesthetics.