Dental restorations don't always create entirely new teeth. Today's sophisticated restorations can make subtle changes or repair minor flaws. A restoration may still be a good idea for its durability, long life, and ability to strengthen the natural tooth. Whether you're considering a smile overhaul or a gentle tweak, dental veneers could be the ideal treatment.
How Dental Veneers Transform Smiles
Your enamel serves as the outer, protective layer of your teeth. It also determines a great deal about your smile. The enamel layer is what establishes the shade of your teeth, and it protects the inner, yellow dentin from showing through. Unfortunately, enamel is prone to becoming worn and weak. When this happens, your teeth lose their luster. Whitening and bonding aren't enough to restore and rebuild the teeth.
Dental veneers can step in and make a difference. These v-shaped restorations fit over your natural teeth to create new outer layers. If your enamel isn't up to the task, veneers will cover and protect it. Dental veneers may change individual teeth, or be applied in full sets to completely make over your smile. Because porcelain veneers are incredibly versatile, you and Dr. Lee will be able to choose specifics for each veneer (shape, size, color) to create a tailor-made smile.
Dental materials continue to gain aesthetic prowess. Today’s most beautiful veneers are made of porcelain to look as natural as possible. Porcelain processes light in the same way natural enamel does, and its texture is nearly identical. You won’t feel or see your veneers as anything other than an integrated part of your smile.
Porcelain veneers may be used to:
- Lengthen teeth
- Reshape teeth
- Permanently whiten stained teeth
- Strengthen teeth with weak enamel
- Repair cracks, chips, or broken teeth
- Create a fresh smile
Interested in exploring the world of veneers? Learn more about the procedure by calling Elkhart Dental Center at (574) 522-0158.