What are Porcelain Veneers

Hi, there. Are you unhappy with the way your smile appears and ever wondered whether there is a safe, effective, and conservative way to improve or enhance the way your smile looks? Many people come into our clinic, very self-conscious about the way their teeth appear and wonder whether there is a solution for that. Hi, my name is Dr. Jacob Mattina. And today I’m going to be talking about porcelain veneers as a very effective way to enhance the appearance of one’s smile.

What are Porcelain Veneers Made Of?

Porcelain veneers are specialized ceramics that are processed under extreme heat and pressure. And they are thin shells that sit on the top surfaces of your teeth in order to improve how the contours and the colors appear. These materials can vary in strength and aesthetic, based on your needs and what specific oral conditions you present with when you visit us.

Who is a Good Candidate For Veneers?

People who are good candidates for porcelain veneers are individuals who take relatively good care of their teeth, have teeth that are relatively well aligned, and are interested in moderate to mild changes in the shape and contours of one’s teeth.

If someone has multiple existing restorations on their teeth, they might not be a great candidate for porcelain veneers because porcelain veneers require natural two structures, such as enamel to bond to. Individuals who have existing fillings, don’t have a healthy layer of enamel and therefore benefit more from things like crowns or bridges.

One final thing to keep in mind is that individuals who have multiple cavities may also not be good candidates for porcelain veneers. These cavities need to be restored. And if they are on the front or outer surfaces of teeth, they would reduce the bond strength of any future porcelain veneers that could be placed.

How Are Veneers Placed?

In order to place veneers, a very small layer, about 0.5 millimeters of enamel, needs to be removed from the outer surfaces of the teeth. This is painless. It usually doesn’t require any local anesthetic and it doesn’t increase the risk of future cavities, sensitivity, or nerve damage to those teeth moving on after those veneers have been placed.

So if this sounds like a type of restoration that you’re interested in, please feel free to come to our clinic for a complimentary examination. And we can have a discussion about the ways that porcelain veneers can enhance your smile. Visit our dental clinic conveniently centered in Ancaster, Ontario and we service clients from Hamilton and Dundas as well!

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