Porcelain veneers, are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that can be bonded onto the front side of teeth to make a cosmetic improvement in the teeth’s appearance. Porcelain veneers are used when teeth are:
- Stained or discolored
- Alternative to orthodontic treatment
Bonding materials are used to securely attach a thin sheet of porcelain (the porcelain veneer) to a tooth. Although porcelain is inherently brittle, when it is firmly bonded to a sturdy substructure (a tooth) it becomes very strong and durable.
Porcelain veneers are gaining immense popularity due to the ease with which they can be applied, and also the long-lasting benefits they have in enhancing your appearance.
Porcelain veneers are glass-like, which have a great advantage over other types of cosmetic dental bonding by the fact that they are translucent. When they are bonded onto a tooth’s surface they mimic the light-handling characteristics of enamel. This translucency effect provides a sense of depth, and thus a very life-like appearance.
A significant advantage of porcelain veneers is that since porcelain is a ceramic, and therefore glass-like, its surface is extremely smooth and impervious. This means that the surface of a porcelain veneer will not pick up permanent stains.