Cosmetic dentists at Bright White Dental Centre are highly experienced, skilled professionals, dedicated to giving their patients the smile they want.
One of the most conservative aesthetic dental restorations available today is the Porcelain Veneers. Sometimes also called Dental Veneers, or Dental Porcelain Laminates, they are custom-made wafer-thin shells of tooth-colored material which are fit over the natural teeth in order to improve the overall appearance.
Thanks to the developing dental technology, the veneers today have been made more easier and convenient to use as well as more life-like providing a completely natural dental aesthetic. There are a number of different materials used to create Porcelain Veneers. The newer types of porcelain are certainly stronger, resilient, and realistic than they were two or three decades ago, but they are also more costly. Some of the most common types of materials used to make Porcelain Veneers include:
- Heat-Pressed Ceramic
- Feldspathic or Conventional Powder- Slurry Ceramic
- Lithium Dislicate
- Leucite Reinforced Pressed Ceramic
- And Machine-able (CAD/CAM) ceramics such as CEREC, E4D.
- Uses of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain Veneers are most suited for the cosmetic and functional correction of the following conditions:
- Chipped or worn teeth
- Hypo- calcified teeth
- Permanently, internally or externally stained teeth
- Misaligned or crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth such as peg laterals
- Teeth with minor cracks and fractures
- Presence of multiple diastemas(spaces) in teeth
Porcelain veneers are dental applications which are made indirectly, meaning they are created outside a patient’s mouth, usually in a dental lab. These veneers often require the removal of a small amount of original tooth enamel layer to create adequate space for their placement.
The porcelain veneers are bonded over the original tooth surface with the help of a light-sensitive resin which is placed in between the original tooth and the veneer surface, hardened with the use of a special curing light.
The porcelain veneers are an excellent option for the aesthetic restoration of teeth but they cannot realign or correct severe dental or skeletal problems. Patients with severely malposed teeth with under or overbites, insufficient tooth substrate for bonding, extensive interdental spacing, parafunctional habits such as bruxism and poor oral hygiene are unlikely candidates for cosmetic restoration by porcelain veneers.
While the only way to fully determine a patient’s candidacy for porcelain veneers is by scheduling an appointment with a skilled cosmetic dentist, for patients considering the idea of getting porcelain veneers to improve their dental aesthetics, to facilitate and educate our patients, Bright White Dental Centre provides a detailed look at the many advantages and disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers.
- Minimal tooth preparation – only about one millimeter – hence called most conservative cosmetic dental treatment
- extreme durability of porcelain veneers due to their superior strength; they can last a lifetime
- color stability and stain resistance due to smooth, impervious ceramic surface
- The oral mucosa and gum tissue tolerates porcelain well, they are non-irritable.
- High dental aesthetics with a very natural tooth appearance
- Short treatment duration; quick results in fewer appointments in comparison to other alternatives
- Great alternative to invasive, full coverage restorations for discoloration or incisal fractures
- Veneers are an irreversible dental treatment as their placement requires the reduction of a portion of original tooth structure
- Porcelain veneer’s are a costly alternative as compared to composite resin veneers
- They are irreparable if they chip/crack or become otherwise damaged
- Porcelain veneers cannot be prepared at chair-side, as they are prepared outside the mouth
- Once placed, the color of veneers cannot be altered; whitened or bleached.
- Placement of porcelain veneers is a time-consuming and difficult process
- There is a possibility of increased sensitivity to hot or cold sensations due to the removal of the tooth surface enamel
- In rare cases, if improperly places, porcelain veneers may fall off.