What Can Porcelain Veneers Do to Improve Your Smile?

improved smile with porcelain veneersUnless you are already looking for ways to improve your smile’s appearance, you may not realize how popular porcelain veneers have become. As one of the more versatile cosmetic dentistry enhancements, veneers are designed to address a multitude of issues and blemishes at once. They are also designed to closely imitate the natural look, color, texture, and shine of your healthy natural teeth, creating one of the most lifelike solutions to smile improvement.

What Are They?

A porcelain veneer is a thin shell (usually less than half a millimeter) that is shaped like the front surface of a tooth. Because a tooth has an extremely limited amount of surface area, cosmetic improvements are most effective when little or no tooth structure is manipulated. To place a veneer, we simply sculpt away a small amount of enamel from the front of the tooth, ensuring the veneer sits flush and even with the rest of your smile. Once in place, your veneer(s) will create a new, blemish-free face for your smile without drastically altering your healthy tooth structure.

Teeth That Benefit from Porcelain Veneers

Because they cover the entire visible surfaces of your teeth, porcelain veneers can address a wider variety of cosmetic concerns than other smile enhancement methods. Patients often benefit most from veneers when their smiles suffer from;

  • Severe teeth staining or discoloration (such as intrinsic staining, which occurs underneath the tooth’s surface)
  • One or more teeth with chipped edges, worn down surfaces, or lightly cracked structures
  • Mildly crooked teeth, provided orthodontic treatment is not necessary
  • Teeth that appear too large, too small, or slightly misshapen compared to their neighbors
  • Excessive spaces between teeth
  • And more

A Simplified Smile Makeover

Every porcelain veneer is crafted individually, and after a personal consultation and examination, we can help you determine how many would be appropriate for your specific needs. Porcelain veneers’ ability to reinvent smiles in so simple and conservative a manner means they can provide dramatic results in relatively little time.


As a native of northwest Indiana, Nicholas Cain, DDS, is dedicated to providing excellent general, preventive, and family dentistry services to the community that raised him. To schedule your appointment, call Healthy Smiles today at 219-938-2637.