Elk Grove Smile Center

How Do Veneers Function?

August 16, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Vishal Advani
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At our dental office in Elk Grove Village, veneers are a popular option for transforming a smile. They can do everything from concealing a single problem tooth to creating a dramatic full smile makeover.

But how do veneers make this happen? What is the magic behind these durable-yet-thin porcelain shells? 

What is a Veneer?

Veneers are carefully shaped and shaded pieces of dental-quality porcelain that are created to fit right over the front of your natural teeth and transform their appearance. Of course, there’s more involved to getting veneers than just attaching pieces of porcelain to your teeth!

Before you begin, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Advani to explore your options and your goals and determine whether veneers are the right choice.

Veneers can improve the appearance of an incredible array of common esthetic concerns, including:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Discolorations
  • Gaps
  • Unusually shaped teeth
  • Misalignments

What Makes Veneers So Special?

One of the major benefits of veneers is how incredibly natural they look. Once they are placed, nobody will ever know the secret behind your perfect smile unless you choose to tell them.

This is accomplished in two ways:

The tooth below the veneer will be carefully shaped to accommodate the veneer. This prevents the veneer from looking bulky or making your teeth look “thick.” It’s important to recognize that this shaping can’t be reversed, which means that veneers are a permanent commitment.
The shading and consistency of the porcelain are subtly translucent. This means that the material reflects light very similarly to natural tooth enamel, providing an incredibly lifelike appearance. The human eye is skilled, but veneers essentially “trick” others’ eyes into believing that they are the real thing!

Veneers are also resistant to staining, which helps ensure that they last a long time. Regular appointments at our office are still important since the tooth structure beneath the veneers can still get cavities. We also want to keep an eye on your gum health. Maintaining excellent health is the key to extending the life of your veneers.

Call Our Elk Grove Village IL Dental Office 

Would you like to learn more about veneers and our other cosmetic dentistry options?

Call Elk Grove Smile Center today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Advani!