Porcelain Veneers

San Diego, California – Veneers from Fremont Dental Arts

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are placed over teeth to mask cracks, discolorations, chips, crowded teeth or to fill in gaps.Sometimes referred to as “instant braces” because the procedure takes only two weeks, these thin veneers are one of cosmetic dentistry’s more recent developments.

Why Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers

First, veneers create a very realistic tooth appearance. How? These wafer-thin porcelain materials are glass-like in nature, allowing them to mimic the natural tone of real dental enamel. When light strikes the veneer’s porcelain, it traverses the full thickness of the material, and reflects off the underlying tooth dentin so that you have the same lustrous appearance of natural tooth enamel.

Second, porcelain veneers resist staining more strongly that other dental bonding materials simply because of the nature of the material. Porcelain is by nature a glass-like ceramic, and as such is extremely stain resistant.

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How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?

This minimally invasive procedure requires about 1 millimeter reduction off the front of the tooth. Molds are taken and temporaries placed for the remainder of the two weeks while the porcelain veneers are being handcrafted by the laboratory. Subsequent to this, these wafer-thin veneers are bonded to the front portion of the teeth, thereby masking any unsightly stains, chips, or misalignment.