Porcelain has a number of properties that make it a superb dental material. It got its name from its similarity to the shiny white Venus shell, which, in Old Italian is called porcella. The material is also light reflective, glassy, translucent, hard, durable, strong, stain resistant, and resistant to chemical attack. Additionally, porcelain is biocompatible, meaning that it easily accepted by the body.
Porcelain veneers are ceramic pieces of porcelain that are extremely thin, about 0.5 mm. They are crafted by a lab technician or a ceramist using impressions of the prepared teeth as a pattern. They are tinted and shaped to the doctor’s precise specifications. Some offices have their veneers made overseas to save money. Ours are made only with quality materials by some of the best labs in the US.
They can be used to make small teeth appear larger, dark teeth lighter, fill gaps between teeth, cover misalignment, or cover misshapen teeth, ultimately giving the patient a beautiful smile. Placing porcelain veneers can be performed in a very conservative manner in most cases by completely reshaping and reforming the patient’s appearance. The key to porcelain veneers is to make them look as natural as possible.
Even though dental veneers do not require any special care, dentists always ask their patients to be mindful not to bite into anything very hard. Since porcelain veneers are not as strong as natural teeth, it is likely that they will get fractured with high force. However, if the procedure is properly performed for the right situation and condition, the success rate with porcelain veneers is very high.
One of the biggest issues with veneers is that some don’t look real and natural. This is because the procedure may not be done in a situation that’s conducive to satisfactory results. Secondly, poor lab technicians and ceramists can also cause the veneers to look unnatural. The lab technician or the ceramist is instrumental in creating natural looking veneers. The best ceramists undergo numerous years of training, and they are regarded as world-class artists. They recreate natural beauty by recreating proper shape, translucency, chroma, hue, and value of a natural tooth through a porcelain veneer.
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