What is a porcelain veneer?
Porcelain veneers started in Hollywood to help the stars have the perfect smile while filming. They are thin shells that cover your teeth’ front and help improve your smile, helping you both to look and feel strong and healthy. Aqua Dental Centre is located in North Vancouver and is easily reachable via car or public transportation. We help you to improve your smile.
No two mouths are exactly alike, so the porcelain veneers are tailor-made for each patient and can cover any undesirable color, shape or contour of your natural teeth. If you have small gaps in your teeth and are very impatient or just don’t like the idea of orthodontics, facets can be made to cover those gaps as well.
A facet is not as invasive as a crown because the preparation for it leaves most of your tooth intact. A small portion of your tooth’s surface is ground, and then a thin layer of porcelain is added to your tooth, which is the facet.
What is a Porcelain Crown?
Porcelain crowns provide the same benefits as veneer but are slightly different. When the facets cover only the front part of the tooth, a crown replaces the entire external portion of the tooth up to the gum.
Crowns use porcelain that is slightly thicker than blades and is fused to a metal alloy to make it stronger and stay in place. As a porcelain crown covers the entire tooth, more teeth need to be ground before attaching a crown.
What are porcelain veneers and crowns made of?
Porcelain is a type of ceramic. It is made of clay and can include other materials such as feldspar, glass, quartz, petuntse and alabaster. The biggest attribute that makes porcelain a better option than other materials is that it allows light to pass through it, which helps it imitate your natural teeth.
Both in veneers and crowns, porcelain is created between visits. At the initial consultation visit, the patient will be measured, and the molds will be removed from your teeth. After preparing the tooth for a crown, the dentist will place a temporary crown to help protect the tooth, which is now quite sensitive. The dentist will also be able to place a temporary veneer after preparing the tooth for a veneer. The temporary crown or veneer will be removed once the real veneer is made to measure and ready for application.
The molds and measurements are then used to create the porcelain by sculpting and painting the new veneer or crown. Painting is necessary because even the healthiest teeth are not solid, pure whites. Once painted, they are cured or burned, so they are strong enough to be used as your teeth.
What are the benefits of porcelain crowns?
Obtaining a porcelain crown can help your overall oral health, as well as providing a cosmetically healthy smile. Porcelain crowns can help:
- Improving the appearance of severely stained teeth
- Replacement of missing teeth
- Cracked teeth repair
- Repair of eroded or minor teeth
- Strengthening weakened teeth
The general appearance of porcelain crowns is one of their greatest benefits. They are personalized with the color of your existing teeth, which makes them look like your natural teeth. If you want a more beautiful smile, porcelain crowns are likely to help.