Porcelain veneers are dental restorations that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to conceal cosmetic flaws, including chips, cracks, and discoloration. They can also be used to make narrow teeth wider, thereby closing gaps between teeth. For patients with minor crookedness or upper and lower teeth that do not meet when the mouth is closed, porcelain veneers can be used as a sort of “instant orthodontics,” improving alignment and occlusion while also creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
One of the reasons that veneers are so remarkably natural looking is that porcelain shares light-reflecting properties with tooth enamel. Like enamel, porcelain is translucent, meaning that it allows some light to pass through its surface rather than simply reflecting all light. The sophisticated CAD/CAM software that is used as part of the CEREC® system further allows Dr. Parshin to craft porcelain veneers so that they appear natural in every aspect, right down to their color and texture.