Porcelain veneers are the material of choice for slight improvements in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Porcelain veneers can be very thin, allowing for minimal or no tooth reduction and in some cases, requires no anesthesia. Preservation of the strong enamel tooth structure provides for a longer-lasting restoration and is minimally invasive. The semi-translucent veneer can be made to match the light transmitting properties of natural teeth, and being metal free, eliminates the hated “black” marginal line found around many traditional porcelain fused to metal crowns.
Exquisite natural esthetics are achieved with this restoration, and is most often used to:
- close spaces
- replace worn enamel
- repair broken or chipped teeth
- re-shape crooked or misaligned teeth
- to cover permanently stained or discolored teeth
Porcelain veneers or onlays are also used on back teeth, and are our preferred method to restore broken molar teeth or replace large mercury silver fillings. Our porcelain veneers and onlays appear as a natural tooth, in other words, they are totally invisible.
The development of porcelain veneers can be traced to NASA and the space shuttle program in the late 1970’s. When NASA had trouble with missing tiles upon re-entry, they developed this method of bonding the porcelain tiles to the undercarriage. This bonding technology was adapted to dentistry and has allowed us to bond porcelain veneers directly to the tooth surface without the underlying metal substructure. The bond creates an amazingly sturdy restoration, which is as strong as natural tooth structure and one that will not stain.