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Porcelain veneers are ultra thin shells that are bonded directly to the front side of your teeth. They are also known as dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates. Porcelain veneers are the perfect choice for closing gaps in teeth, repairing broken or chipped teeth, whitening dark or yellowed teeth, straightening crooked teeth and improving gummy smiles. The thin shell of porcelain fits over the damaged teeth. They are bonded tightly to the original tooth and can even add additional strength to the tooth structure.

Porcelain Veneers

This procedure has several advantages over other tooth restorations as porcelain is an extremely durable material. Your teeth are composed of enamel however enamel is just the outer encasement. The hard tooth under the enamel is called "dentin". Tooth enamel is translucent. Dentin is opaque. When light strikes your teeth it is not immediately reflected off, instead it goes into the enamel layer. When the light passes the enamel it reflects off the tooth dentin and then out of the tooth. This reflection of light is the process which gives teeth their lustrous effect. In the past bonding materials were semi-translucent. This meant that light would not penetrate into the bonding. There was no luster to the tooth and no sense of translucency. Porcelain veneers are glass-like and have the ability to handle light in a way that is identical to natural teeth.
 
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