Porcelain veneers are the flagship procedure in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Their success can be traced to NASA and the space shuttle program in the late 1970’s.
When NASA had trouble with missing tiles upon re-entry, they developed this method of bonding the porcelain tiles to the undercarriage. This bonding technology was adapted to dentistry and has allowed us to bond porcelain veneers directly to the tooth surface without the underlying metal substructure. This mechanical chemical bond creates an amazingly sturdy restoration, which is as strong as natural tooth structure and one that will not stain.
Dr. Hagood has specialized training in this advanced porcelain veneer bonding technology that has allowed them to successfully place thousands of these restorations since 1990.
Porcelain veneers can be very thin (as thin as a finger nail), allowing for minimal or no tooth reduction, and in some cases require no anesthesia. Preservation of the strong enamel tooth structure provides for a longer-lasting restoration and is minimally invasive. The semi-translucent veneer can be made to match the light transmitting properties of natural teeth, and being metal free, eliminates the hated “black” marginal line found around many traditional porcelain fused to metal crowns. Exquisite natural esthetics are achieved with this type of restoration, and this type of restoration is most often used to close spaces, replace worn enamel, repair broken or chipped teeth, re-shape crooked or misaligned teeth, and to cover permanently stained or discolored teeth. Porcelain veneers or on-lays are also used on back teeth, and they are our preferred conservative method to restore broken molar teeth or to replace large mercury silver fillings. Our porcelain veneers and on-lays have the same appearance as a natural tooth enamel. In other words, they are totally invisible. Like all of our porcelain restorations, porcelain veneers are backed by our world-class warranty.
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