Unlike a dental crown that covers the entire tooth, a porcelain veneer is a thin covering of porcelain that is glued over the front (visible) part of the tooth. Veneers are commonly used in cosmetic dentistry to improve the aesthetics of teeth imperfections.
Porcelain veneers can correct:
- uneven or crooked teeth
- tooth shapes that are out of proportion
- stained or yellow teeth that cannot be whitened
- smiles with too much gum showing
- sensitive teeth
- worn down or old looking teeth
How are veneers fitted?
The dentist removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the tooth, which makes room for the veneer and prevents the restored tooth from feeling or looking bulky or unnatural. An impression of the prepared teeth is then made, colour-matched by shade, and sent to the lab for the veneers to be made.
At the next visit, the veneers will be tried on the teeth to check for correct fit and shape. After any adjustments, the teeth are cleaned and the porcelain veneers are bonded to the teeth with dental cement.
A second option, resin-based composite veneers, is available at MC Dental can be fitted in a single appointment. After the tooth is prepared or reshaped, the composite material (colour-matched to your other teeth) is bonded and sculpted onto the teeth. A special light is used to harden the composite, and the veneer smoothed and polished to look like a natural tooth. This type of veneer is not as long lasting or aesthetically pleasing as the porcelain option.
Benefit of porcelain veneers
There are many benefit to porcelains, mainly to give your teeth a healthy and natural appearance. The translucent and glass like appearance of porcelain veneers is undetectable and natural looking compared to other bonding techniques. The laminate takes on the natural shape of the tooth and due to the heat-fired ceramic, is resistant to coffee, tea or even cigarette stains.