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Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials.
Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their colour, shape, size, or length. You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.
Some facts you should know about Porcelain Veneers
Since they require approximately 0.5 mm of tooth reduction, porcelain veneers are not considered a reversible form of treatment.
Occasionally, the preparation of a porcelain laminate veneer does not necessitate the use of a local anaesthetic. However, for those patients that are particularly sensitive or anxious, a local anaesthetic is advisable.
The laboratory time required for the fabrication of a porcelain veneer is approximately two weeks, although this may vary.
Dental veneer shade guide.
Dentists use a shade guide to determine the best veneer colour for a patient’s teeth.
The insertion or cementation of your veneers can be accomplished once again with or without local anaesthetic. This visit is usually longer in length.
The laminates are placed with a light-sensitive resin hardened with the use of a white light, effectively bonding them to your teeth.
Once placed, your laminate veneers are very strong and will resist most of the forces placed upon them by a normal diet. Porcelain is a glass and like glass it is strong, but brittle. Therefore, you should avoid anything that will tend to stress the veneer.
Opening pistachio nuts with your teeth, chewing on bones or candy apples is probably not a good idea.
As with most things, common sense should prevail.
The Benefits of Veneers
Close spaces between teeth
Improve the appearance of crooked teeth
Repair chipped or broken teeth
Cover stained or discolored teeth