Partial Porcelain Veneers

Partial Porcelain Veneers

This patient had chipped the edges of his two front teeth right on the midline. The areas were small yet quite noticeable because of their locations. Due to the demands of his career his smile was extremely important. Attempts to place simple ‘bonding’ were not successful because the inherent plastic composition of the material did not withstand the forces placed on the teeth causing the bonding to come off periodically. A laboratory technician created custom shaped all porcelain chips to replace only the areas that had been lost but not covering the rest of the fronts of the teeth. These chips were bonded onto the teeth, and the results were fantastic. A typical porcelain veneer covers the entire front of the teeth, but why unnecessarily damage healthy tooth enamel when a small chip of porcelain can be fabricated to replace only the small portion that was damaged? On these two front teeth can you tell where the porcelain ends and the teeth begin?

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