Novato Cosmetic Dentist Discusses the Strength of Porcelain Veneers

Written by Dr. McConnell on Jul 28, 2014

When looking for solutions in cosmetic dentistry it’s important to choose a material that is not only functional for daily use and maintenance, but is natural looking as well. Porcelain is one such material as it mimics the appearance and strength of dental enamel and is the choice for many patients when choosing veneers at Novato Cosmetic Dentist. Porcelain veneers offer a solution for a variety of cosmetic problems, and they can virtually transform a smile in only a few appointments.

Are you affected by any of these common cosmetic dental issues?

  • Cracked/chipped dental enamel
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Dark or stained enamel
  • Pitted/grooved teeth

If so, porcelain veneers can be successfully used to correct any of these problems as well as many others, and may be the appropriate solution for you.

Why Choose Veneers?

There are so many cosmetic options available today, and many patients want more information before making a decision. You may be wondering why choosing veneers rather than another procedure makes sense. It is important to weigh all of your potential options and work with our Marin County Dentist office  to make the right decision for your specific situation. In the case of porcelain veneers the primary benefit is that, since they closely replicate natural dental enamel, they can be custom-crafted to blend in perfectly with your natural teeth.


Porcelain reflects and absorbs light similarly to natural enamel and is used for a number of cosmetic solutions. It can be shaped and shaded to fit your natural tooth coloring and is resistant to staining because of its smooth glasslike finish. That same quality keeps them from looking dull or flat, retaining their bright appearance for years.


Porcelain is often thought to be a fragile material but it is actually quite strong when used in dental applications. Porcelain veneers don’t put unnecessary strain on neighboring teeth and patients can chew normally and follow their normal routine of oral hygiene. Porcelain is an ideal material for dental restorations and is popular with dentists and patients alike. Veneers made of porcelain are very durable, and with proper care and oral hygiene will keep your smile bright and beautiful for many years to come.