People tend to associate porcelain with being fragile. However, when porcelain is used in dental veneers, the material is actually quite strong when bonded to the tooth. In fact, porcelain veneers can last for up to a decade when patients take good care of them.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that are bonded atop natural teeth to improve their appearance. These veneers are tremendously versatile and can be used to cover up a number of aesthetic flaws, including chips, cracks and stains. Veneers can also create the illusion of proper alignment in a crooked tooth or teeth or fill in gaps between teeth.
Not only is porcelain strong, it shares many optical characteristics of tooth enamel, reflecting light quite similarly to a natural tooth. This quality of porcelain veneers gives them a lifelike appearance.
Patients who are seeking porcelain veneers can work with a cosmetic dentist to achieve their smile goals. The treatment process begins with an initial consultation in which the dentist will ask the patient about his or her goals. The dentist will examine the patient’s teeth and determine which restoration is the most appropriate for the desired treatment outcomes.
If you decide to pursue porcelain veneers, the cosmetic dentist will then collect the information needed to dictate the design of the devices. This will include data on the shade and shape of the teeth.
Depending on the thickness of the veneer, the tooth may need to be prepared in advance. In this process, a thin layer of enamel will be removed from the tooth to make room for the veneer. When the veneer is ready, the dentist will make any necessary further adjustments to the veneers before bonding them to the teeth.
Veneers can improve your smile’s appearance in a number of ways, and the devices are durable, as well. Contact the office of Dr. David Gardner today to learn more about porcelain veneers and whether they can enhance your smile.
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