Veneers are used to restore the appearance of teeth that have been chipped, cracked, pitted or that are severely discolored. For the best possible appearance after restoration, you will want your cosmetic dentist to use a material that approximates the look of your natural teeth. Porcelain is the best material for this purpose for several reasons. If you are considering veneers in the Toronto area, here is some information to help you make your decision.

Durability of Porcelain

Before they are affixed to the teeth, porcelain veneers are thin and delicate. Porcelain is a type of glass, so veneers must be handled carefully as they are affixed to the teeth.

When veneers are placed, however, your cosmetic dentist uses an adhesive agent that bonds the porcelain to the teeth, making the veneers strong and durable. If properly cared for, veneers can last for many years, keeping your smile bright and beautiful.

Appearance of Porcelain

In addition to its durability and strength, porcelain is the best material for veneers because of its appearance. Like natural enamel, porcelain is semi-translucent. Light passes through the porcelain to the tooth beneath just as light can pass through natural enamel. Some substances used for veneers are opaque, not allowing for this natural-looking reflection of light. These substances make the teeth look duller and more artificial.

Porcelain can also be color-matched to the exact color of your teeth. This custom coloration also helps the veneers look almost indistinguishable from your natural enamel. When the veneers are manufactured, your cosmetic dentist will provide not only a cast to determine the size and shape of the veneers, but also an indication of the exact color to be used.

This combination of characteristics—strength, durability, natural translucence and color matching—makes porcelain the material that will give you the most beautiful, natural-looking and long-lasting veneers. For more information about dental veneers and how they can help give you the smile you’ve always wanted, please call the cosmetic dentistry office of Dr. Kemp at 416.922.1012 for an appointment.