Understanding Porcelain Veneers

A smile means a lot to people. That’s why we take the extra effort to make the smile look perfect. Porcelain veneers, otherwise known as dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are thin pieces of porcelain or ceramic that are custom-made from tooth-colored materials. It can be designed to cover the front of your teeth and help provide strength and resilience.


As amazing as it may sound, porcelain veneers require a skilled dentist who knows how to install them properly. To ensure that you can achieve the beautiful smile that you want, find a technically good dentist. It would help if you ask for recommendations from friends and family who have had the procedure and are happy with the results.

There are many dentists who offer porcelain veneers but only a few can perform the procedure really well. The goal is to avoid mistakes on how you want your smile to look. Mistakes can affect the durability of your veneers. It may cause damage to your teeth if the veneers are installed in an unhealthy bite position. If the colors are not properly blended, your veneers will look uneven with your natural teeth making it look more obvious. Here’s a great resource that will help you find the right dentists for this.

So during your smile analysis, communicate with your dentist about the smile that you want to achieve. Opt for a diagnostic mock-up so that you can try on the veneers and see if the results are exactly what you’re looking for in your new smile. Another option is to get cosmetic imaging so that you can see what your new smile will look like.

How does it work?

For those who have discolored, chipped, stained, crooked, gapped and poorly shaped teeth, porcelain veneers are the best solution to your problem. Veneers can be placed over the top and sides of your teeth to help reshape the natural teeth. It’s used to help improve and recreate the natural appearance of teeth.

For small teeth, porcelain veneers can help build them up. This allows people to get slight position alterations. It lets you change the size, shape and color of your teeth according to the way you want it. Your tooth can be as bright as you want it to be or even brighter than your natural teeth color.

Porcelain veneers consist of several thin ceramic layers that are compiled to replace your original tooth enamel. An adhesive layer is then used in between the natural teeth and the ceramic layer. A small amount of your tooth enamel is first removed to help make room for the porcelain veneer. Don’t worry; only less than a millimeter of enamel is removed so that when the veneer is applied it can accurately restore your natural tooth function.

Light-sensitive resin is then placed between your original tooth and the veneer to make a strong bond. Then a special curing light is used to harden the resin. This is one of the critical steps of the process because the bond is essential to attain correct veneer functionality and aesthetic appearance.

If you prefer not to get a portion of your tooth enamel to be removed, there is an option for “no prep” veneers. It does not require a dentist to remove much tooth enamel and the veneers are bonded to the front surface of the tooth. It’s also called minimum prep veneer because it can be done quickly and has less discomfort. However, this option may not be appropriate for everyone. So it’s important to check with your dentist if this option can be doable in your situation.

Materials used

The porcelain used nowadays for veneers is amazing. It’s natural in appearance and has a beautiful whitish glow. It can withstand about 58,000 lbs. per square inch (psi). It’s much stronger than tooth enamel, which can withstand about 7,100 psi in tensile strength.

Porcelain is made from resin composite materials that can resist stains better. Its high tech materials give it the ability to resist coffee stains and cigarette smoke. The only downside to a veneer treatment is that it’s not reversible. Adjustments can be made though. You might also experience sensitivity to hot and cold drinks, but it disappears after a few days.