What Are Porcelain Veneers and Why Are They So Popular?
A dental veneer is a thin shell of porcelain custom-made to fit over the visible surface of a tooth. They can correct issues with the shape or appearance of the tooth, including stains, chipping, or cracking. They also help redefine a tooth that’s misshapen (for example, due to injury) or too small.
Porcelain veneers have become popular in recent years. They are strong and easy to care for: As long as you continue brushing, flossing, and getting dental check-ups, veneers are likely to last for many years.
Do Porcelain Veneers Look Fake? Two Ways Modern Veneers Achieve Realism
The goal of any dental restoration is to strengthen the function of the teeth while providing a natural look. There are two major factors that affect how well a restoration blends in with original teeth:
- Does the colour of the restoration fit in with the original teeth around it?
- Does the restoration give the tooth an “organic,” not artificial, shape?
The aesthetic properties of porcelain mean the answer to the first question is a strong yes.
When it comes to all-natural materials, porcelain offers the closest match to original teeth. The colours and textures of porcelain resemble tooth enamel even under inspection. What’s more, porcelain gradually acquires natural shades that blend in with adjacent teeth until the veneer is virtually undetectable.
The second question is common with denture users – it concerns the restoration’s shape.
Some old-fashioned dentures and pontics (artificial teeth) were made to standard dimensions. This makes them seem fake if they are too big for the patient’s mouth. Nothing like this happens with modern porcelain veneers: Every veneer is a custom project fit for the patient’s face.
Before veneers can be applied, the tooth to be treated must be prepared through the removal of a tiny amount of enamel. This not only improves adherence, but ensures the dimensions of the veneer are an exact match. In shape and size, the new veneer is as realistic as can be!
Naturally, it is important to get your dental veneers from a family doctor with years of experience in the procedure. Many patients prefer a veneer to a crown or cap because the procedure is fast, easy, and requires less enamel to be removed. If a veneer is right for you, Coscarella Dentistry can help.