What Are the Types of Porcelain Veneers?
What Are the Types of Porcelain Veneers?
Hi. It’s Dr Michael Ghobrial here from Sure Dental at Wavell Heights in Brisbane.
We spend a lot of our days talking to patients who want to get porcelain veneers. They come and have all sorts of questions, and one question that surprised me the other day from our new patient here in Wavell Heights, Lily, was, “What are the types of porcelain veneers?”
To be honest, it was a question I wasn’t quite sure how to answer because, in some ways, there are lots of types of porcelain veneers. And what she was actually trying to ask about was, “Will my porcelain veneer be done in one visit in your office?” or “Will a ceramist do it in a laboratory?”
I guess the different types of porcelain veneers can be categorised as veneers that are done on a mill that is in the dentist’s office that can sometimes be delivered on the same day. So the teeth are prepared, the veneers are milled, and they’re cemented.
The other type of veneer is actually a laboratory-made veneer. And so that is where the teeth are prepared. They’re scanned. That scan is sent to the laboratory, and then you have a master ceramist who’s hand-building your veneers, and you wear provisional veneers or temporary veneers where you get to trial the smile and the shape, and then once those veneers are ready, they’re cemented on.
Here at Sure Dental, we actually prefer laboratory-made veneers. Some of the reasons for that is nothing beats a good artistic ceramist in terms of cosmetics, someone who has dedicated their lives to bringing life to their ceramic work and their veneers, and someone who can change up the types of ceramics they use based on the aesthetic outcome that’s required.
So they can use a more opaque ceramic when needed. They can use a nice translucent ceramic where the underlying tooth structure is a good colour. They can put a lot more detail that’s deeper and not so superficial on the veneers. And also, with their technologies, they can actually make more accurately fitting veneers.
In terms of other types of veneers, I guess we could consider how the teeth are prepared. There are minimally invasive porcelain veneers, and then there are more aggressively prepared veneers. And again, here at Sure Dental, we definitely do minimally invasive veneers, and that is able to be achieved by our pre-operative diagnosis and design.
Here at Sure Dental, we do a digital design to determine where we want the smile, and we actually work backwards from there to determine how much tooth preparation is required, and that allows us to take very minimal tooth structure away. In actual fact, oftentimes, when we do our porcelain veneer work, we don’t even need any anesthetic, this shows just how minimal the reduction that we do.
Now you have learned more about the different types of porcelain veneers, I hope you found this video helpful.
So, if you have been thinking about upgrading your smile with porcelain veneers, we would love to look after you.
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