In the past, ceramic or porcelain veneers have not been a viable option for many patients. They were more expensive, and there were a number of issues with their installation and longevity. However, in recent years, new developments have made ceramic veneers more popular. Find out what changes have been made and why the new porcelain veneers may be right for you.
Stronger, Customisable Materials
The makers of porcelain or ceramic veneers are consistently developing and testing new materials. The current options are much better than they were a decade ago. With these new veneer materials, the veneers can be customised easily in shape and colour, and they can be reinforced to last much longer. When they are correctly installed, ceramic veneers have a history of lasting longer than other types of veneers and crowns.
Better Anaesthesia Options
New types of anaesthesia, such as articaine, have become more popular among dentists during the last decade. These effective local anaesthetics work fast, numbing the area to a greater depth than previous options. Dentists also don’t have to use as much of the local anaesthetics to get the desired effect. That’s good news for you, because it makes installation of your porcelain veneers cheaper and more comfortable.
Improved Stain Resistance
In the past, ceramic veneers used to develop small stains around the edges after only a few years of use. The current types of porcelain veneers are most resistant to stains, maintaining their colour longer even around the margins. In addition, dentists in Singapore and elsewhere have found that placing non-chemically impregnated cords at the point of impression and sealing helps reduce stains.
Less Invasive Installation
In the past, dentists would sometimes place veneers that required the teeth to be significantly filed down. Today, such practices are frowned upon. Instead, dentists have more options, and they can choose to install veneers that bond to the tooth with minimal preparation and no deep cuts. Make sure that your dentist in Singapore does not use veneers that require more than a 50% reduction in the dentin in order to bond to the tooth.
More Accurate Impressions
In order to create the veneers for your teeth, your dentist has to make an accurate impression of your teeth. The materials and processes for this phase have significantly improved during the last decade. Dentists can use the polyvinyl siloxane or polyether to obtain impressions quickly and easily. These materials yield distinct, accurate results that work well for customising your veneers.
Getting Your Veneers
If you need a solution for teeth that are worn, chipped, pitted, severely stained, or otherwise damaged, talk to your Singapore dentist about porcelain veneers. The experts at Orchard Scotts Dental can help you determine whether you are an ideal candidate for these veneers. We can also assist with regular cleaning, teeth whitening, dental implants, and other ways to complete your smile makeover. Contact us today to set up your appointment.
Source: Dental Economics, October 30 2015