Porcelain is a ceramic material that has been used for everything from plates to shower tiles, but why is it used for veneers? To understand this, you must first understand some things about porcelain itself.
Porcelain is stain resistant, remarkably strong, and has a natural resistance to chemical erosion and thermal shock. Due to this, porcelain veneers are capable of providing the same function as your natural teeth, with the additional benefits of superior strength and stain resistance. When cared for properly, porcelain veneers can provide aesthetic and functional perfection for a number of years.
The translucency of porcelain allows your veneers to be shaded precisely to match adjacent teeth. In addition, porcelain can be sized and shaped to exact specifications, allowing veneers to fit comfortably and flawlessly into your smile.
The MohsScale of mineral hardness characterizes the scratch resistance and strength of minerals. At one on the MohsScale is talc, at ten is diamond, at seven is dental porcelain. Dental porcelain is biocompatible, insoluble, and aesthetically superior to every other type of dental restoration. The dental porcelain used for veneers is thin enough to fit perfectly into your smile, yet thick enough to cover even severe cosmetic imperfections, making it the ideal material for the beautification of your smile.
If you live in Northern Virginia and would like to learn more about the benefits of porcelain veneers, please contact Galleria Dental Aesthetics to schedule an initial consultation with our cosmetic dentist today.