Why should I choose porcelain veneers?
You may have heard of porcelain veneers and thought about seeking some more information. Essentially veneers are very thin shells made of resin composite or porcelain material that are affixed to the front of teeth to alter the shape, size and color of the existing tooth. The tooth surface is altered to create a firm bond with the shell, but less augmentation is done than with a crown. The enamel of the tooth is scrubbed and scuffed slightly to create a better surface for the shell to adhere to when applied, but very little of the tooth is actually removed. People with dental imperfections such as discoloration, twisted, crooked, spaced, cracked, broken or tooth decay might all consider porcelain veneers to improve their appearance.
What are the different veneer systems?
Most patients who have consultations with me are quite surprised to find out that there are numerous veneer systems that are as wide ranged as there are choices of cars. Besides the various choices of materials being used, there are a host of significantly different design systems that will influence the way your natural teeth are prepared for the veneers.
Some of the choices in choosing the actual material for the veneers are as follows: composite resin, Feldspathic porcelain on platinum foil, Feldspathic porcelain on a refractory, Pressed ceramics to full contour, Pressed ceramics cut back and layered with various options of lithium disilicates or zirconium with various substrates.
There are further choices as to how the tooth is modified to receive the veneer preparation. The most conservative method is a no prep design often used in commercially available Lumineers which I provide. There is also a minimal prep, modified prep and traditional prep version for any of the above mentioned alternatives.
Only through a proper exam can the significant criteria be assessed. Your existing colour and your existing occlusion as well as the changes that are being contemplated must be properly determined to achieve the right treatment.