Veneers are thin tooth-shaped shells that can be shaped and shaded to provide a dazzling, natural appearance that not only looks good, but is practical, too. Although veneers are most commonly crafted from porcelain, they can also be made using composite resins; there are, however, advantages to porcelain veneers over their composite counterparts.
Dental veneers are delicate in appearance, due to the fact that they are extremely thin, but when bonded onto the surface of a tooth, they are very durable. This is because the tooth itself acts to provide support to the veneer and once bonded, the veneer and the natural tooth work together to provide strength and support.
Veneers give a more natural finish and so better aid in the wearer’s appearance than composite. Porcelain is a semi-translucent material, which allows natural light to better penetrate the veneer surface, where it is reflected back from the natural tooth enamel. As a result, a natural appearance of the smile is attained.
Composite veneers, on the other hand, are more dense and so light cannot penetrate as well as is the case for porcelain. Composite veneers can leave the smile looking dull and so is more noticeably false.
To provide an even better natural finish, the porcelain used in veneers can be shaded and blended to match seamlessly with the patient’s remaining teeth; this, in combination with the translucent properties of porcelain, aid in making veneers almost indistinguishable from natural teeth. The end result is a smile that people will notice for all the right reasons!
Stain resistance is better served by porcelain veneers. Because it is a man-made compound, porcelain doesn’t suffer the same absorbency issues as natural tooth enamel. This means normal staining agents, such as dark teas, coffee or red wine are much less likely to leave behind unsightly stains on the surface of veneers.
And so, to attain a great-looking smile that appears natural, porcelain veneers have become a highly popular method of smile restoration among cosmetic dentists. To learn how you can benefit from porcelain veneers, contact our experienced team at East Hills Dental Associates and schedule your informative consultation today.