Also referred to as dental veneers, porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are custom crafted to fit over the frontal part of a tooth. When in place, porcelain veneers are able to mask dental flaws and give you a smile that looks absolutely perfect.
One of the biggest benefits of porcelain veneers is their natural appearance. Porcelain veneers are semi-translucent, allowing light to pass through them the same way it would through natural tooth structure. No matter what kind of lighting you’re in, no one will be able to tell that you have porcelain veneers in place. Sometimes a smile can be drastically improved with just a veneer or two.
During the porcelain veneers procedure, a small amount of tooth structure (a fraction of a millimeter) is removed from the front of a tooth. This is simply done to accommodate the porcelain veneer. An impression is then taken of the tooth, and from this impression the porcelain veneer is crafted. When the porcelain veneer is ready, it is checked one last time for color match and fit before it is securely adhered in place. Dr. Koval develops personal relationships with each patient to determine the level of color, length, shape and translucency that will make you happiest. From there, she communicates precisely with her ceramist to be sure that everything happening behind the scenes is what you’ve discussed.
Porcelain veneers are ideal for addressing a number of aesthetic flaws, including: