Dental Problems

Porcelain Veneers – What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain VeneersPorcelain veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry to correct stained, chipped, or crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers, also called laminates, are thin wafers of porcelain of about half a millimeter thick (about thickness of a fingernail). They are put on the surface of teeth to improve its overall look. Many people go for veneers to get a bright, straight, and natural looking smile. In this article, we shall discuss about uses of porcelain veneers.

A porcelain veneer looks as shown in the figure.

Porcelain veneers in Dentistry

Porcelain veneer is used in cosmetic dentistry in following cases:

  • Extensively damaged teeth due to decay
  • Fractured teeth
  • Discolored or permanently stained teeth
  • Brittle tooth that is outcome of a root canal therapy

The Procedure

Porcelain veneers are fixed permanently to the tooth’s front surface using a special adhesive method. The front face of the veneer covers the visible surface of the tooth completely. This chemical bond between enamel and porcelain creates a translucent unit with perfect natural aesthetics. Even a dentist may get confused to differentiate veneered teeth from the untreated ones.

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

  • The main advantage of veneer is its being an outstanding aesthetics. They are far superior to crowns. They are almost invisible and need not be placed under the gums. By veneers the risk of developing gingivitis is reduced to minimum.
  • Veneers are especially used for correcting the form of anterior teeth. They give superb aesthetics while successfully correcting tooth misalignment, gaps, form and shades.
  • When compared to dental bonding, porcelain veneers look more life like. They have added benefit of resisting staining well.

Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers

  • Although porcelain veneers have considerable advantages, they are typically fairly expensive.
  • They need a skilled cosmetic dentist to place them. If placed wrongly they can be prone to breaking. Moreover, if a porcelain veneer has broken then the whole veneer must be replaced. It usually cannot be patched or repaired.

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