Cosmetic porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin (at most 0.8 mm in width) porcelain layers which imitate the frontal surface of the tooth, usually used on the most visible teeth. They are made in a dental laboratory based on a dental impression and they are then attached to the teeth with dental cement. Cosmetic porcelain veneers allow us to successfully imitate the look of natural teeth and to conceal all imperfections. Porcelain veneers can be applied to both damaged and artificial teeth.
The use of porcelain veneers comes with many advantages. First, the procedure is almost non-invasive – great aesthetics can be attained without unnecessary amounts of preparation (trimming) for the original teeth. Second, the treated tooth becomes more solid thanks to the porcelain veneers, and yet it looks just like a natural tooth. Third, cosmetic porcelain veneers allow us to fix any potential orthodontic anomalies (tooth unevenness) and to improve the position a tooth in occlusion, both visually and functionally. Another advantage is that porcelain veneers have an unlimited lifespan and do not become stained, as long as you take care of your teeth properly and adhere to correct oral hygiene habits. If the cosmetic porcelain veneer gets damaged as a result of an injury, it can be easily replaced without the need to modify any unaffected veneers.
Cosmetic porcelain veneers require no special care. We usually recommend our patients to brush their teeth twice a day and to use mouthwash regularly.
Cosmetic porcelain crowns
Aesthetic porcelain crowns, also called all-ceramic dental crowns, are the pinnacle of modern cosmetic dentistry. It is a specific type of a crown which contains no metallic compounds – the only material used is dental ceramic, which is crafted to match the shade of your original teeth. The crown is fixed to the tooth using colored layers of dental cement. All-ceramic dental crowns not only provide exceptional aesthetics, but they are also mechanically resilient enough to be used for molars and incisors. All-ceramic dental crowns can be fixed both onto natural teeth and implants.
The most commonly used materials for all-ceramic dental crowns manufacturing, are lithium disilicate (E-Max crowns) and Zirconia. Both materials are of exceptional quality and complement each other well. Lithium disilicate bonds through the use of adhesive solutions, Zirconia bonds through cementing. Compared to Zirconia crowns, the E-Max crowns offer a higher degree of aesthetic quality. Another advantage is its method of adhesion, which guarantees less marginal discrepancies and thus less risk of cavities.