What are Porcelain Veneers
Are Porcelain Veneers for me?
If you are not a candidate for Professional Teeth Whitening for one or more reasons, or if you have additional cosmetic problems that will not be solved by whitening, such as chipped, broken, uneven or misaligned teeth, porcelain veneers are another cosmetic dentistry option that may be right for you. Porcelain Veneers are very thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Porcelain Veneers improve the appearance of your teeth by covering the front surface of your teeth.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers can permanently whiten discolored teeth, hide worn, chipped or broken teeth, correct misaligned teeth and improve some bite issues. Porcelain Veneers can also be used to close gaps between teeth and correct craters or bulges in irregularly shaped teeth. Other uses of Porcelain Veneers include improving the appearance of misshaped teeth and correcting a smile that shows too much of your gums. In addition to these cosmetic effects, Porcelain Veneers can help to reduce tooth sensitivity by providing an additional layer of porcelain between your sensitive tooth and hot or cold substances.
Based on the science of cosmetic dental bonding, Porcelain Veneers are created when a custom fit, wafer thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to the front of your existing tooth. While porcelain is a fragile, brittle substance on its own, when custom fit to your tooth and bonded to the sturdy tooth beneath, Porcelain Veneers are actually quite durable and, properly applied, are indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Are there different kinds of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers are available with and without “prep”. No-Prep Porcelain Veneers are extremely thin and are placed on top of your existing tooth with no grinding whatsoever. More traditional Porcelain Veneers are placed on top of your existing teeth that have first been prepared by grinding a minimal amount of your tooth enamel – around two tenths to one half of a millimeter, to help achieve a more natural looking result. With No-Prep Porcelain Veneers your dentist is forced to work with the existing shape of your teeth, whereas with traditional Porcelain Veneers, your dentist has the freedom to alter the shape of your existing teeth to create a more dramatic improvement in your smile.
How were Porcelain Veneers created?
The process of creating Porcelain Veneers was invented in California by Dr. Charles Pincus. Early Porcelain Veneers were held on with denture adhesive and fell off after a short time. Over the years, bonding technology improved greatly and now Porcelain Veneers are bonded to your teeth with a sturdy and safe permanent adhesive. On average, Porcelain Veneers last anywhere from ten to thirty years before replacement may required due to tooth grinding, wear, chipping, cracking, etc.