One of the recent developments made available to patients which is now being requested more and more is the porcelain veneer.
Whilst veneers have been around for quite some time now, representing a more popular and more appropriate treatment for many people than crowns, they haven’t exactly been without their problems.
Composite resin tooth veneers have certainly helped to provide many people with a much better smile, and this has helped to increase their confidence.
In a world which is ever more obsessed with appearance, health and vitality, having a good smile is key, and having a good smile in turn helps to increase a person’s confidence, and this double advantage has given many people a new lease of life and helped open doors which they had themselves closed for far too long.
But some of the problems associated with composite resin veneers now look set to be consigned to the history books as porcelain veneers offer an alternative which helps to significantly improve many factors, from the appearance and the durability to the initial application procedure.
Let me highlight some of the main ways in which porcelain veneers offer a better solution than composite resin.
The Benefits Of Porcelain Veneers
The benefits start almost immediately, with the fitting of porcelain veneers being much quicker and easier, minimizing any pain or discomfort for the patient.
This is largely because they are significantly thinner than resin veneers, which means that the dentist needs to remove much less of the enamel to fit them. Not only does removing less of the enamel make the process quicker, but the whole experience is much more comfortable for the patient. It also means that no injections are usually required, aiding the recovery and comfort time still further.
In terms of appearance they are considered to be much better than composite resin because of the fact that they reflect the light in a much more natural way.
The porcelain reflects light in the same way as bright white, natural teeth do, whereas resin doesn’t mimic the tooth in quite the same way. This means that the eventual result looks more natural and convincing, and will help to boost the patient’s confidence significantly.
Although not terribly common there have been a number of cases where patients have suffered an allergic reaction to the chemicals in composite resin.
This has meant that they have been unable to have veneers fitted at all. However, there are no chemicals present in porcelain to which patients are likely to be allergic, which means that for those who have suffered an allergy in the past, or those who simply don’t want to run the risk of finding out, porcelain represents a more comfortable and safer alternative to resin.
In terms of durability, porcelain is certainly stronger than resin, and is much less likely to crack or chip. Often patients in the past have been advised to abstain from certain foods and to be mindful of what they eat, and how.
Although to some extent caution is advised with porcelain veneers, this isn’t in any way as serious as with resin.
The same is true as far as staining is concerned, with porcelain much less likely to be stained by foods than resin. Mind you, this advice applies just as much with people who don’t have veneers at all, since teeth will still become stained through the normal diets most of us have, including drinks such as tea, coffee and wine for a start.
So I think that porcelain veneers definitely offer a very exciting alternative, and one which an increasing number of patients can benefit from.
It’s yet another step forwards for cosmetic dentistry, helping patients to feel more confident, and more comfortable at the same time.