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Veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth either to enhance the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the tooth’s surface from damage. Veneers are made up of two types of materials: composite and dental porcelain. Full veneer crown is defined as a restoration that covers all the coronal tooth surfaces.
Simply put, Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to regain the natural look of teeth while providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers are ideal for people looking to make slight position alterations or change tooth shape, size and color.
Porcelain laminate veneers consist of several thin ceramic layers which replace original tooth enamel and adhesive layer. In order to apply a veneer, a small amount of original tooth enamel must be removed. This will create room for the porcelain veneer to fit in the mouth and restores natural tooth function while creating a better appearance than the original tooth.
The bond between tooth and porcelain veneer is important as it not only provides the desired esthetic perfection but also a strong bond that is essential for correct veneer function. And, light sensitive resin is placed between the original tooth and the veneer and then hardened using a special light.
Porcelain veneers works well in many cases where the tooth has poor color, shape and contours. It is a good choice for fractured teeth, gaps between the teeth and in some cases where the tooth position should be altered. In some cases, superficial stains do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching. Porcelain veneer is the best options for such cases.
As Porcelain veneers are made of high-tech materials, these are highly resisted to coffee and tea stains and cigarette smoke. Only a minor portion of teeth is being altered to fit the veneer. These can also make even the darkest teeth appear bright. Dentists may recommend veneers to fix minor twists, overlaps and small gaps.