Cosmetic dentistry has been around for many years, and porcelain veneers themselves date back to the 1980's. However, this doesn't mean that cosmetic dentistry veneers haven't changed over time--in fact, they have changed dramatically with advances in technology. They're thinner, shinier, and more lustrous; looking better and more natural than ever before. The top labs and dentists in the country do their best to make them look more and more natural. There is a unique balance that must be found, as the intent is to improve the look of the smile and not make it appear artificial.
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded over the top of natural teeth in order to change their appearance. They can be used in order to address permanently stained or discolored teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, or misaligned teeth. They serve a variety of purposes, in which you can consult with a dentist at Plaza Dental and find out if they might be a good solution for you!
Over time, the materials have changed dramatically. The porcelain used for cosmetic dentistry veneers has changed from being a pure porcelain shell to a more pressed porcelain, giving it a more natural appearance. There is a lot of technology that goes into porcelain veneers in order to give them a beautiful look and the strength and durability needed to handle day-to-day functions.
Porcelain veneers need to be protected, especially at night. At Plaza Dental, dentists will typically encourage patients to use a night guard once they have had porcelain veneers placed. This is because many individuals have a tendency to grind their teeth at night without even knowing it, and the pressure put on porcelain veneers in one's sleep may be enough to damage them. Protecting your porcelain veneers not only protects the restoration, but protects your investment as well!