Why Dental Veneers are Made of Porcelain

Monday 20 November 2017, 4:25PM
By Taylor Burley Kleiman Dental


Dental veneers are one of the most effective solutions for a perfectly white smile. The most common material used for veneers is porcelain. It is considerably longer lasting than composite veneers, since it is made of fluorapatite crystals in an aluminium-silicate glass. This creates stain-resistant and strong light-reflecting properties, which gives natural-looking, white teeth. Porcelain veneers are durable, with 96 to 98 per cent of treatments lasting for five years or more.

How are Veneers Attached to Teeth?

The first step in applying veneers is to trim the enamel from the front of your teeth. The amount of tooth enamel trimmed varies for every patient, but typically between 0.5 to 0.7 millimetres. When smaller amounts are removed, the trimming process is painless. If more is trimmed, your dentist may administer a local anesthetic.

The next step is taking an impression of your teeth using dental putty or a high-tech dental scanner. The impression is used to create veneers that perfectly fit the size and shape of your teeth. Generally, it takes one to two weeks for your veneers to be made. In this time, your dentist may ask you to wear temporary veneers.

Once made, your dentist will remove the temporary veneers and start fixing the permanent set. The bonding process starts with an acid etching gel applied to the trimmed teeth and left for about twenty seconds. Afterwards, the gel is washed off and a layer of clear bonding agent is applied to your teeth. Finally, a pre-made veneer is applied onto each tooth, cemented together by the bonding agent.

Have Your Dental Veneers Fitted in Tauranga

Taylor Burley Kleiman Dental offers porcelain dental veneers in Tauranga. The veneers provide an ideal answer for dental problems such as gapped, chipped, misshaped and heavily-stained teeth. We have an expert team of dentists in Tauranga to help you improve your smile.

Call 07 578 9849 or fill-in our contact form to book an appointment.