Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Laminates
Also known as Dental Veneers or Lumineers

Dental porcelain laminates are mostly used in cosmetic dentistry. They are thin shells of porcelain that are custom made to fit your teeth by a ceramist-dentist team. The most important element of a porcelain veneer is the skill and talent of your dentist. Your dentist will bond the porcelain veneers, or dental porcelain laminates, to your teeth. Your dentist must choose the best type of porcelain and have the artistic eye to create something that can beat the beauty of natural teeth.

The most marketed name for a no grinding porcelain veneer is Lumineer. You can have whiter, longer, straighter and younger looking teeth with porcelain veneers. It will naturally depend on what is best for you. Most patients get their porcelain veneers without having their teeth ground down.

As the cosmetic dental industry grows there are methods that offer less expensive porcelain veneers, however they may not be better. The porcelain can be pressed as with the Empress Technique or the G3 Porcelain, or ground into shape as with the Cerec CAD/CAM Porcelain Technique. A porcelain core can be made using the Procera Technique or the Lava Technique. There are many ways to construct porcelain veneers and the best technique will look more natural. That is why your dentist plays such an important role and needs to know all of the techniques. The porcelain technique according to one well known respected dentist is the most natural, long lasting, best looking and least bulky.

Porcelain veneers can restore the surface of your teeth by making them smooth and stain free again. Porcelain veneers, Lumineers and Dental Laminates can make crooked teeth look perfectly straight in two weeks. They can make short teeth longer, old teeth younger looking, and yellow teeth much whiter without having to bleach and re-bleach your teeth to keep them white. With porcelain veneers you won’t need BriteSmile, Zoom, Crest Strips or any of the chemicals that are in them. Porcelain veneers can be a better choice that lasts. They are biologically compatible and do not interact with the body.

Inferior Veneers or Bad Veneers

The following comments are general in content and should not be used for self-diagnosis. Diagnosis and treatment is indicated by professional dentists only. There are many variables in treating dental issues.

Porcelain veneers can be a success! Veneers offer straighter and whiter looking teeth that can last for many years. Porcelain veneers provide a thin surface layer to the tooth that is smoother than the natural tooth. Porcelain stains much less than natural teeth, therefore bleaching and whitening is not required. The porcelain veneer provides a protective shell to the tooth enamel, resulting in less temperature sensitivity. Tooth shape can also be improved. Veneers benefit the patient every day of the week. However, problems can occur.

Thick or Bulky Looking Porcelain Veneers

The shape of the veneer must follow the biologic contour and surface texture of the natural tooth. Sometimes, the porcelain veneer looks bulky because porcelain was made too thick. An artistic eye is essential to create a result that is natural looking. It may be necessary to consult with several dentists before committing to a professional who can provide in-house photos of actual cases. If the dentist cannot provide actual photos from prior cases, respectfully request testimonials from existing veneer patients. Before and after photos should show the artistic ability of the dentist. If the photos don’t look good enough, move on to another dentist.

Too White or Fake Looking Veneers

Sometimes the shade of the veneer is too white and looks like a kitchen appliance. Too much white is referred to as opacity. Too opaque means there is so much white color that the opaque porcelain stops the light from penetration. The experienced dentist/ceramist team can use the same white shade, but have enough translucency in the veneer to allow the light to penetrate the veneer and into the tooth. Opacity and translucency must be balanced along with surface texture to break up the light. Surface texture refers to the surface of the veneer having a texture rather than a smooth surface. Surface texture is very difficult to obtain since pressed ceramics is commonly used instead of layered ceramics. It is easier and less expensive to make pressed ceramic porcelain veneers. Sometimes there is a reason why one dentist is less expensive.

Veneers That Come Off

Porcelain veneers that come off the tooth in one piece within a short period of time, is probably due to the bonding process being compromised. Keeping the tooth surface dry is imperative to a good bond. The presence of water or liquid during the bonding process can lead to moisture contamination that results in bonding failure. When bonded correctly and precisely, porcelain veneers, will not come off the tooth in one piece. If part of the veneer breaks off, a bite alignment problem may exist.

Broken Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers that break off instead of coming off in one piece generally were bonded well but the bite may be too hard on that particular tooth. The opposite or opposing tooth keeps hitting a particular spot on the veneer and the porcelain finally fractures. If the veneers were in the mouth for ten years and one of the veneers breaks, it is normal wear. The dentist did a great job. If the veneer breaks within the first few months, the bite may be the problem.

Veneers are Dark at the Gum Line

This is a stain from chemical contamination. Blood from the gums can contaminate the surface of the tooth and the edge of the veneer will stain. It can be microscopic blood contamination. The edge of the porcelain veneer can stain black from the blood or some other chemical agent that the dentist was using. The edge of the veneer can also stain over years of gum recession and tooth abrasion. As the tooth abrades, the edge of the porcelain can stain because the tooth is dissolving and the porcelain does not. This is an advantage to porcelain, as it does not erode in the mouth as natural teeth do. The porcelain veneer actually protects the tooth enamel if the veneer was the non-invasive type of veneer.

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