Porcelain veneers are thin tooth-colored porcelain shells designed to cover the front (visible) part of the teeth. Porcelain has been extensively used over time as the material that simulates best the enamel in appearance (shades / light reflection) and surface smoothness (resistance to stain). As a veneer porcelain will add a surface layer to the tooth, improving the surface in regularity and color, and can also modify the size, length and shape of the tooth for cosmetic purpose.
A porcelain veneer is a restoration fabricated in the dental laboratory after precise dental preparation and impressions by Dr. Ashba. It will take more than one appointment. The result however is a highly natural-looking, stain-resistant enhancement for the tooth.
Another type of dental "veneer" is made of resin composite ("white filling") and fabricated by Dr. Ashba directly in the dental chair. Although resin composite is not quite as optimal as porcelain as a tooth surface, this type of dental art usually presents the advantages of shorter treatment times, lower costs and even less removal of tooth substance. Dr. Ashba will be happy to discuss the various possibilities with you.
Dental veneers (both porcelain and resin) can be used to improve on teeth that are "chipped", fractured, discolored or showing gaps ("diastema") between them. Within limits, they can be used to make more even slightly misaligned teeth.
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