Porcelain veneers are extremely thin wafers of porcelain that are designed and produced to fit on the exposed surface of teeth, New York porcelain veneers are used to cover imperfections as well as change the color and shape and to close gaps between teeth.
What are porcelain veneers and how are they fixed to teeth?
Porcelain veneers are extremely thin; they are designed to replace the enamel of teeth. When the decision has been made to have veneers, the dentist must first remove a small amount of the tooth enamel. This is an essential part of the process otherwise there would not be room for the veneer, even though it is usually less than 1mm thick, to fit on the tooth.
It is critical that the bond between the prepared surface of the tooth and the veneer. A positive bond is important not only give the esthetic results desired but also to ensure the tooth functions properly. The bond is made using a light sensitive resin between the two surfaces.
Benefits of porcelain veneers:
New York porcelain veneers are a great option when teeth are grossly discolored, misshapen or too short. Tooth whitening is not an available option for some patients; a porcelain veneer is a very good option.
Porcelain veneers are custom made, once fitted it is virtually impossible to tell the difference between a natural tooth and one that has been fitted with a veneer. Unlike tooth enamel, porcelain is not affected by coffee, tea or other staining foods and beverages; porcelain cannot stain.
Many patients opt for veneers rather than crowns as their natural teeth remain largely intact, with veneers only a small amount of the surface needs to be removed. With crowns, a great deal of the tooth is usually removed.
Once New York porcelain veneers have been fitted you can continue to brush and floss your teeth normally. If you tend to clench or grind your teeth at night, chances are your dentist will fit you with a night-guard.
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