These are thin ceramic shells bonded on to the surfaces of prepared teeth. These veneers can correct or camouflage severe discoloration, chipped teeth, gaps between teeth and malpositioned teeth. 2 or 3 visits are all it takes for a complete Smile Makeover. Veneers are much more durable and esthetic than bonding.
Porcelain veneers (also referred to as dental laminates), are wafer-thin shells made out of dental ceramic that are bonded onto the front side of teeth. They’re generally about .5 to .6 mm thick. That’s about 1/2 the thickness of a dime or twice the thickness of an eggshell.
What advantages do porcelain veneers offer?
As we detail below, there are three characteristics that make porcelain laminates especially unique. They are:
- Placing veneers is a relatively conservative process. – As compared to placing dental crowns, much less tooth trimming is required.
- The way they handle light is similar to natural teeth. – When taken advantage of, this property can result in laminates that give an exceedingly life-like appearance. And one unsurpassed by any other type of dental restoration.
- Due to their ceramic surface, they offer superior stain resistance.
Placing veneers is a comparatively conservative process.
Dental crowns and veneers can both be used to create the same cosmetic end result. But they differ greatly in scope.
- A veneer just covers the front side of its tooth.
- A crown fully cups over all sides of the tooth on which it is placed.
That’s a really big difference. And it dictates how much tooth trimming is required when each of these respective types of restorations are made.