Porcelain looks like tooth enamel because of the way it deals with light. When light shines on a natural tooth, it travels through the translucent enamel and reflects off of the next tooth layer, the dentin, which is darker yellow in color. This absorption and reflection of light is what gives our teeth that pearly sheen. So it’s no wonder why porcelain has become so popular for use in veneers and a very common material used in cosmetic dentistry.
Dental porcelain, like glass, resists staining. So if you can’t get your day started without two cups of strong coffee, or if you’re attached to that glass of red wine at dinner each night, rest easy about the porcelain in your smile. Those staining substances will scarcely affect it as the years go by. The porcelain used for veneers will typically last as long as the tooth to which it’s bonded. Retaining its shiny white look is no problem for the porcelain in your new, more attractive smile.
A Porcelain Veneers is one of the miracles behind modern cosmetic dentistry. It’s a thin, delicate shell of white porcelain that can be easily matched to the shade of your teeth and permanently bonded to the front surface of any tooth. Porcelain Veneers are almost as thin as a contact lens and look very real, which means they achieve instant results without the discomfort and hassle often associated with other procedures, like braces and crowns.
Porcelain Veneers will go unnoticed in your new smile. Light shines on the porcelain, travels through the translucent top layer and reflects off of the layer below, which is the dental bonding that keeps the veneer attached to the tooth. The light can’t travel through the bonding, like the dentin of a natural tooth, so it bounces back, recreating the same pearly sheen seen on natural tooth enamel. Your smile will look as natural as ever before!
The shape of a Dental Veneers will vary in order to fix different tooth defects. If the problem is uneven teeth, the veneer will be designed to fix the slightly shorter tooth so that it will once again line up evenly with its neighboring teeth. If the defect is a slightly crooked tooth, the veneer will be shaped slightly thicker at one side, to provide a straight front surface for that tooth. Minor tooth defects are easily repaired with the right Porcelain Veneer.