A Porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded onto the front surface of tooth to improve its cosmetic appearance. Veneers are very thin (approximately 0.5 millimeters), translucent porcelain (ceramic) facings, that are made in laboratory after an impression of the prepared tooth is made. Porcelain veneers are fixed permanently to the front surface of tooth, using a special adhesive-bonding technique. The porcelain surface covers the tooth surface completely. Porcelain veneers are placed to improve the aesthetics (shape, spacing, and color) of natural teeth, to correct crowding or to replace discolored or fractured composite bonded fillings.
Advantages of Ceramic (Porcelain) Veneers
- Porcelain Veneers are long lasting.
- Porcelain is very adequate material for veneers due to its resemblance with natural enamel of teeth and it is very resistant.
- Compared to traditional crowns, veneers are more conservative and only a minimal thickness of enamel removal is required.
- Compared to a metal core crown, the aesthetics is superior. There is a natural translucency.
- Unlike natural tooth structure and tooth-colored fillings, their highly glazed surface does not stain from food or drink
- Porcelain veneers are the first choice for correcting the form of anterior teeth.
- Porcelain veneers allow best correction of tooth misalignment, gaps, forms, and shade with superb aesthetics.
- Gingivitis, receding gums and exposed crowns margins are the problems with crowns and far less with porcelain veneers.
How are Porcelain Veneers placed?
Before placing a porcelain veneer, it is necessary to trim the enamel of the front side of tooth. The porcelain veneer is fixed with a special, very resistant adhesive on the trimmed surface of teeth. Porcelain is better than other material used for dental reconstruction such as composite because it is harder, less porous and the gums tolerate it better.
Conditions in which porcelain veneers are not advisable
- When a tooth is broken and the portion lost is bigger than portion remains.
- When enamel is not strong enough to attach a porcelain veneer.
- When an individual is a chronic teeth grinder (bruxer).
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