13 Aug Why is Porcelain an Ideal Material to use for Veneers?
Veneers are tremendously beneficial for patients who need to address aesthetic concerns with their smiles. These versatile devices can be used to correct a range of problems, including chips, cracks, stains and even crooked teeth.
A cosmetic dentist can use veneers alone or in combination with other treatments to give you a spectacular smile.
Veneers are made of porcelain, which has a number of qualities that make it well-suited for this purpose. Other resin-based materials, which may also be used for veneers, tend to fall short in comparison. [pullquote]Porcelain reflects light in much the same way that enamel does. This aspect of porcelain gives the veneers a lifelike appearance.[/pullquote]
First of all, porcelain is similar to biological tooth enamel in terms of its optical qualities. Porcelain reflects light in much the same way that enamel does. This aspect of porcelain gives the veneers a lifelike appearance. As such, it is difficult to discern the veneer from a natural tooth.
Although people may consider porcelain to be a fragile material, it is actually quite sturdy in comparison to other materials that may be used in veneers. This offers porcelain another advantage. In fact, porcelain veneers last many years with proper care and maintenance on the patient’s part.
Porcelain is also highly stain-resistant, which is another benefit of veneers made of this material. The veneers will keep their original shade even with exposure to common stain-inducers, like red wine and coffee.
The process of getting veneers is a straightforward one with a quick turnaround time, especially when compared to other cosmetic procedures. Patients receive their veneers after just two appointments. The cosmetic dentist gathers data at the first session and sends it to the lab that crafts the veneers.
A few weeks later, when the veneers are ready, the patient returns to the dental office to have the devices placed. The dentist can make further adjustments to the color and shape of veneers before bonding them to the teeth. The veneers are attached to the teeth using dental cement that is remarkably strong.
For more information on porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental treatments, contact the Dallas office of Dr. Philip Kozlow at 972-458-2464 to schedule an appointment today.