People have many misconceptions about porcelain. The chief misconception is that porcelain describes a type of china that is fragile. That’s not true. Instead, the word porcelain comes from the Latin for cowry shells because the material was as white and beautiful as that natural material. These shells were considered so attractive and valuable they were used as currency for nearly four thousand years everywhere from China to Africa.

So when we talk about porcelain veneers, we’re referring to the color and beauty of the material, which makes it obvious why we choose this type of material for cosmetic improvement of your smile.

It’s also worth noting that the porcelain used in most veneers these days is actually a high-performance composite material, with the same beautiful luster that mimics your natural tooth enamel, but including a reinforcing resin that gives them outstanding durability. More than 90% of porcelain veneers are intact ten years after placement.

To learn more about porcelain veneers and how their material properties can help you get great-looking and long-lasting improvement in your smile, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban, helping patients in the Fairfax area.