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What is a Porcelain Veneer
Dental veneers, commonly known as porcelain veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that are used to redesign the natural look of your teeth, making them stronger as compared to your original tooth enamel.
Why choose porcelain veneers over other cosmetic dental options?
- Veneers are a very popular and successful alternative used nowadays, especially when the tooth has got stained, poor color or distorted shape. It is even useful for curing gaps between teeth, fractured teeth and re-positioning of teeth when they have lost their original position for some reason.
- As for people who do not find tooth bleaching or whitening effective for stains on their tooth, using a porcelain veneer would prove to be the finest option.
- As these veneers are made of high tech materials, they tend to resist stains arising due to tea, coffee and cigarette smoke. They can make the darkest teeth look as white and shiny as portrayed in toothpaste commercials.
The Process of Placing a Veneer
Veneers are comprised of multiple thin layers of ceramic which tend to replace the original enamel of your tooth. In order to apply it, a very small portion(less than 1 millimeter) of your tooth enamel is taken away.
This is done to provide the veneer a sufficient place in your mouth to fit in properly and accurately.
It is an essential part of the placement process as it helps your tooth restore its normal function as well as create a better shape than the pre-existing tooth.
When placing a veneer, a light-sensitive resin is positioned between the original tooth and the porcelain veneer. Later on, it is hardened using a curing light, which is specially designed for this purpose.