Why Is Porcelain Used for Veneers?

Dentist Serving Omaha, Lincoln, Papillion, Nebraska

Wed, 08/29/2012

To understand why porcelain is used for veneers, it's important to understand what porcelain is. Porcelain is a term applied to a class of ceramic materials. "Porcelain" refers to the whiteness of the ceramic, not its composition or mechanical properties, so it's only natural that when we selected a ceramic to place on our teeth, we would choose a type of porcelain.

But why replace tooth material with a ceramic? Ceramics aren't the only materials we can use for tooth restorations--we can use plastic (like composite fillings) or metal (like noble metal crowns)--but if you're looking for a natural appearance, ceramics are the best choice. Tooth enamel is a mineral material very similar in structure to many ceramics, so it's easy to make ceramics that look like natural tooth enamel.

In the past, the primary limitation for using all-ceramic restorations like porcelain veneers was the fragility of available ceramics, but recent advances in creating highly durable composite ceramics, like those used in MAC Veneers, mean that more than 90% of porcelain veneers remain in place more than 10 years after placement.

To learn more about porcelain veneers in the Lincoln area, please contact The Smile Design Studio for an appointment today.