Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain placed over an existing tooth. Sometimes these veneers are placed over teeth that have been damaged and sometimes the placement of veneers is purely aesthetic.
There are two basic ways that these veneers are placed over the teeth. They can be built in the mouth by applying thin layers of the composite material until there is adequate coverage, or the veneer can be fashioned in a lab by a dental technician and then placed over the tooth. When creating porcelain veneers the only acceptable method is to have a dental technician construct them in a laboratory.
When veneers were first invented by Charles Pincus they were unreliable. The first ones were placed over teeth and held in position using dental adhesive. The adhesive would not hole them in place for very long. The majority of veneers that were made in those early days were made to place in the mouths of actors so they could change their appearances.
In 1982 research began to prove that porcelain veneers could be etched with hydrofluoric acid causing them to be able to be bonded to the natural tooth surface. This research would prove that these coverings could be made to stay on the teeth for many years before they needed to be reattached. This increased the number of the porcelain veneers that were used.
When some time passes following the procedure, the veneers will be indistinguishable from your real teeth. The second myth is that porcelain veneers do not look natural. I have already stated that they are indistinguishable. It is because of that very reason, that they cannot be distinguished distinctly, that veneers are immensely popular. If you ask those who have got this procedure done, then they will also tell you that they feel natural too. You will not feel anything different in your mouth. Their popularity has surpassed that of the traditional zoom teeth whitening.
The third myth doing the rounds is that the procedure is extremely painful, and anyone with the slightest threshold for pain will not find this a very comfortable procedure. This is partially-true, and that is because the statement is incomplete. There are two kinds of veneers- temporary and permanent. It is the temporary procedure that is painful and not the permanent one. When the veneers are being applied over your teeth, cosmetic dentists will make it a point to use anaesthesia. A fourth myth is that this procedure is expensive and only celebrities get it done. Well, that not true. Because a lot of dentists know how to do this procedure, the procedure is not expensive. A lot of people get it done, not just celebrities. You probably never found out because you couldn’t tell the difference. That’s a possibility. Think about it.
Porcelain veneers are the answer for teeth whitening. If you want that perfect smile, then don’t be nervous about getting them. Just go to a dentist whom you trust.