Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and incisal surfaces of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are often utilized to achieve dramatic changes to color of anterior teeth and also to moderately change shape and arrangement or position of anterior teeth. Though more conservative in application than full coverage dental crowns, porcelain veneers are a much more technically difficult restoration than full coverage restorations and as such are often more expensive to the patient. Porcelain veneers may be a restoration of choice for restoring teeth that are broken and chipped, that have severe internal discoloration (e.g. tetracycline staining), or that have multiple old and failing white composite restorations. Veneers can also correct or close spaces between teeth and often can help to realign teeth that are poorly positioned in the dental arch.
Porcelain veneers are specially treated to allow bonding to the tooth enamel which provides great strength to what as previously a very thin and fragile ceramic shell. Even though the restoration is much stronger after being bonded to the tooth, it still must be carefully considered for use; often the functional forces upon a veneer might dictate a different material and restoration more resistant to fracture.
Will they look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance and their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel veneers are unsurpassed by other restorative options.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will remain a viable and esthetic restorations for years. Dr. Fischer will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.