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Veneers

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain, which are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. Minimal preparation is done, then a thin layer of enamel is removed with a minimally invasive procedure.

 

Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of teeth by:

  • Changing the shape of the teeth
  • Changing the colour of the teeth
  • Masking stains
  • Replacing small fractured pieces of teeth.

The use of porcelain veneers are gaining immense popularity due to the ease of applying one of these veneers on, and also the long-lasting benefits that porcelain veneers have in enhancing your appearance.

One property of the teeth’s enamel covering is that it is translucent. This means that when light strikes a tooth’s surface, it is not immediately reflected off, but instead penetrates into the thickness of the enamel. This property of translucency is an important part of what gives teeth their characteristic appearance.This translucency effect provides a sense of depth, and thus a very life-like appearance.

In the past, cosmetic dental bonding materials were susceptible to staining and discolouring. This was especially a problem for those people whose teeth had excessive exposure to tea, coffee, red wine, or cigarette smoking. A significant advantage of porcelain veneers is related to the fact that a porcelain veneer’s surface is just that, porcelain. Since porcelain is a ceramic, and therefore glass-like, its surface is extremely smooth and impervious – this means that the surface of a porcelain veneer will not pick up permanent stains.

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