Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) August 14, 2009 -- What are the advantages of porcelain based dental veneers? This is one of the questions that many would have asked when choosing between a composite veneer and a porcelain veneer. Although the majority of patients thinking of having a dental veneer would eventually go with composite veneers, simply because they are less expensive, some are still opting for porcelain ones mainly because of their advantages compared with composite veneers.
According to porcelain veneers los angeles [http://www.alhambradental.com/cosmetic-dentistry-alhambra.html] specialists, porcelain is in fact the first material to have been successfully used for dental veneers. When dental veneers were first invented, one of their major drawbacks is their short-lived application. This is because after hours of wear, the dental veneer would usually fall-off from the patient's mouth. Nevertheless, because it could still provide an aesthetically pleasing smile, dentists have come to use it instead on actors that needed that special sparkling white teeth when in-front of the camera.
It was in 1982 when two researchers finally revealed that porcelain could easily be etched using hydrofluoric acid. Their bond strengths are also known to last longer compared to composite resins. Other than the bonding strengths, there are still more advantages of using porcelain veneers compared to using composite veneers. These include:
Stronger than composite veneers. Because of its strength, porcelain veneers are said to last twice as long as composite veneers. According to porcelain veneers los angeles [http://www.alhambradental.com/cosmetic-dentistry-alhambra.html] professionals, porcelain veneers usually last as long as 10 to 30 years, especially when properly maintained.
Rarely stains. Compared to composite veneers, porcelain is known to resist stains. This is said to be due to its natural coating that resists any kind of staining from food, bacterias, or smoking.
Aesthetically pleasing compared to composite resins. The shade of composite resins is slightly darker than that of a tooth, although they possess an aesthetic tooth color. This in turn would require more composite resins in common to perfectly match the shade. Porcelain veneers, however, possess the right hue that perfectly mimic those of the natural tooth color.
However, there are also disadvantages to using porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are still lacking in specific details that patients and dentists would want. One of which is the cost. Below are some of the other disadvantages:
Very expensive. A single porcelain veneer is said to range from $1000 a tooth upwards to $2500 per tooth as of 2009, compared to composite veneers which often cost almost half that price.
Irreversible. Traditionally, a reduction of approximately 0.5 mm is required for a porcelain veneer. According to porcelain veneers los angeles [http://www.alhambradental.com/cosmetic-dentistry-alhambra.html] specialists, when this procedure is done, the patient can no longer back-out from the procedure. Irreparable when fractured. Porcelain veneers are known to be irreparable when fractured, requiring to reapply a new set of veneers (although most porcelain veneers of today rarely fractures).