What are Porcelain Dental Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very thin slivers of porcelain placed over a tooth surface to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect a damaged tooth surface. When porcelain is bonded to teeth the resulting restoration is strong and porcelain veneers can substantially enhance the appearance of the teeth. There is an art however in preventing the teeth looking either too white or too uniform and retaining the minor irregularities that occur in natural teeth.
What are the advantages?
Porcelain veneers are a rapid, aesthetic and safe way to correct unattractive front teeth. Porcelain Veneers are the most popular choice of smile makeover treatments. They are strong and long lasting, they will not discolour or catch stains.
Porcelain veneers can achieve more lustre than composite resin and where the patient wishes to achieve more uniformity of colour such as in cases where very large unsightly fillings exist, very satisfying results can be achieved. Where significant irregularities exist it may be better to orthodontically re-align the teeth first so that the amount of tooth reduction can be minimised.
Most porcelain veneer provision requires a degree of tooth reduction or modification and it is an irreversible procedure unlike the provision of composite veneers.
‘Mock-ups’ are usually made for both types of veneers so that the patient can understand the procedure and take the ‘mock-ups’ home to try in their own time before moving to the final procedure. The ‘mock-ups’ are then refined and a ‘mask’ impression taken from them so that the technician or dentist can copy the ‘mock- ups’ as closely as is humanly possible.