Why Is Porcelain Used for Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are fitted to the front and sometimes top surfaces of teeth to correct a number of cosmetic complaints, such as discolored teeth, chipped teeth, or gapped teeth. In order to do this successfully, they have to be made of a material that looks natural, is durable, stain resistant, and can be bonded well to your teeth. Porcelain fits all those demands.

First, porcelain looks like natural tooth enamel because they are both ceramics. Your natural tooth enamel is an organic ceramic, so replacing it with a ceramic ensures you get a natural-looking luster.

The porcelain used in veneers is also highly durable. The porcelain is combined with a durable plastic, then heat-pressed to ensure there are no voids or uneven structure that can lead to early failure. Studies have shown that 93-95% of porcelain veneers are undamaged after 10 years.

Porcelain veneers are also stain resistant. Your natural tooth enamel is permeable, which means that staining materials can get down inside it, but porcelain veneers have a smooth surface that doesn’t let stains get inside. However, this can change if you scratch your veneers using abrasive tooth paste—make sure you care for them properly and they can remain stain-free for decades.

Porcelain can also be successfully bonded to your teeth. The bonding is so good, in fact, that most studies of porcelain veneers show that less than 1% of veneer failures are due to the veneer coming off.

With all these benefits, porcelain makes the perfect material for tooth veneers.

To learn more about porcelain veneers, please contact Lindsey Marshall, DMD today to schedule an appointment at our Ardmore dental office.

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