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Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers can make worn, discolored, chipped, uneven, cracked, and ugly teeth look beautiful. Unlike crowns, which cover the whole tooth, veneers cover very little of the back of the tooth.Veneering involves shaping the teeth, selecting a shade and making an impression. A dental lab then makes the veneers and sends them back to the doctor. There are three techniques to shaping and making the veneers.The first technique is the original technique developed in the early 1980’s by the late Dr Robert Nixon. It requires the removal of about ½ a millimeter from the front of the tooth and 1 mm from the biting edge, compensating for the thickness of the veneer so the resulting tooth will be the same thickness. The dental lab builds layers of differing colored porcelains to the desired, shape and shade. This technique is known as “Stacked Porcelain”. Many dental laboratories use this technique. Advantages: Veneers look more natural in color and shape. Disadvantages: More removal of tooth structure is required than the noprep technique and the veneers require a highly skilled ceramicist and dental laboratory like DaVinci tm Dental Lab.The second technique, the “LVI” (Las Vegas Institute) technique, requires the most removal of tooth structure; 1mm on the front and 1 on the biting edge. This is a called a “Pressed Ceramic”. The lab presses the porcelain onto the mold of the patient’s teeth and then stains it. Advantages; It is an easier technique for the lab technician. The additional space created from grinding allows a very natural shaped veneer. Disadvantages: More grinding of the tooth is required than any technique and the color is not as natural as “Stacked Porcelain.”The third technique: “Lumineers”tm by Den Mat Corporation has been available for over 20 years. Minimal tooth structure is removed using this technique. The dental lab can press or stack the porcelain. Advantages: This technique requires very little tooth preparation (grinding) and therefore it is reversible. Disadvantages: It is more difficult to create natural shape and color.  Veneers last a very long time. They do not stain or wear down. Porcelain veneers have been in existence since the mid 1980’s. We, at Delmarva Dental Services, P.A., have been providing our patients with this service since 1987.