Porcelain dental veneers are a beautiful way to correct stained, chipped, or crooked teeth. It usually consists of placing glass-like ceramic porcelain on the surface of teeth.By doing so dentists can provide patients with bright, straight, and natural looking smiles. You can go through the information below to have a general idea about tooth veneering.
Porcelain veneers, sometimes are also termed dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are one of cosmetic dentistry’s more recent developments. These are wafer-thin shells of porcelain which are bonded onto the front side of teeth can be an excellent cosmetic solution for teeth that are stained, chipped, or slightly misaligned. These are very effective in masking the stains and pits present on the teeth surface and enhancing the looks of the patient.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers, alternatively termed dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth so to create a cosmetic improvement for a tooth. Porcelain veneers are routinely used by dentists as a way to make cosmetic changes for teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned.
Using a rotary instrument the front aspect of the tooth is prepared and a porcelain veneer is placed.
What’s the dental material aspect behind Porcelain Veneer ?
Dentists have had materials available to them for decades that are capable of creating a tenacious bond with tooth enamel. Porcelain veneer technique utilizes the bonding capability of these materials to securely attach a thin shell 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 and acts like a single unit .
* The porcelain veneers are capable of creating life like tooth appearance.
One of the most unique properties of tooth enamel is that it’s translucent. This means that when light strikes a tooth’s surface it is not immediately reflected off, but instead penetrates into its enamel layer. Once the light has passed through the full thickness of the enamel it reflects off the opaque (non-translucent) tooth dentin that lies underneath, and then on back out of the tooth. This manner of handling light, the translucency effect of a tooth’s enamel, is an important aspect of what give teeth their characteristic lustrous appearance.
Compared to other materials porcelain veneers are highly translucent , at par with the actual tooth structure .
When light strikes the surface of a veneered tooth it can penetrate on into the veneer’s porcelain, just like it does with dental enamel. Once it has traversed the full thickness of the porcelain the light will reflect off the opaque cement and tooth dentin that lies underneath the veneer, and then on back out of the tooth. This internal translucency effect of the porcelain creates a lustrous appearance for the tooth that very closely resembles the appearance of real enamel.
* Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining and scratching.
Porcelain veneer is very durable as well as scratch resistant.It’s smooth surface prevents the accumulation of plaque and calculus .Its also very easy to maintain and clean.
Steps involved in acquiring a porcelain veneer.
1. Planning the new smile
It requires the artistic eye and an acute technical skill of a cosmetic dentist experienced in placing porcelain veneers. Therefore, your first step toward cosmetic enhancement with porcelain dental veneers is to meet with a dentist and discuss your goals for treatment. The dentist should clearly tabulate the needs of the patients .
If possible the dentist should explain the patient by using advanced dental imaging technique .
3. Reducing the tooth
By lightly buffing the front surface of your teeth, a skilled cosmetic dentist will remove an approximately one-half-millimeter layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. The wafer-thin porcelain veneers will eventually be set in place of this enamel. This step is virtually painless.
4. Taking impression and preparation of mould.
5. Placing temporary cap.
6. Lab work completion and placement of veneer on the cap using GIC.
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