Make The Dental Change

Street Gary INMost people have something that they would alter with their smile, if they could just snap their fingers and make a change. From small concerns to larger ones, this might be something that is affecting you. If you find yourself with a nagging concern with your teeth, there may be a solution available to you.

Porcelain veneers are a ceramic cap that replaces or repairs your existing natural enamel. These are a tried and true method of improving many aspects of your smile. You might be surprised to know that beyond its restorative properties, the cosmetic avenues are nearly endless. Today, your Gary, IN dentist touches on the amazing abilities of porcelain veneers, from their history to their promising future. Find out how this procedure may help you get the smile that you deserve!

How Do They Work?

Porcelain veneer procedures truly begin with the material. This is a sturdy form of ceramic that is often used for teacups and plates, due to its beauty and strength. The first use of this material comes from the 1920s, when a Los Angeles dentist was hired for special effects on a movie. He created a temporary prosthetic, but the material was remarkable similar to our natural enamel.

In the coming decades, another advancement helped the process along. Etching is an acidic wash that abrades the surface of our enamel. When this becomes rough and porous, it can hold a form of cement much better than when it is full and smooth. This allows for the permanent attachment of dental prosthetics such as porcelain veneers.

Custom-Designed Strength

One of the best aspects of a porcelain veneer surgical procedure is its versatility. Our highly-trained ceramicists craft these new prosthetics specifically with your unique smile situation in mind. Every mouth is different, and improving every aspect we possibly can can mean a huge difference!

This avenue can also help to save you from some trauma to the areas outside of your enamel, as well. While there has been significant advancement in the process of alignment treatment, this process may help you address these concerns without significantly changing the tissue below the gumline.

This can help you increase your oral health. Alignment concerns may come to mind the most when you look in the mirror or at a photograph of yourself. But overlapping and crowding can make certain areas of your mouth harder to reach when you brush and floss. Bacteria can begin to develop colonies at these locations, leading to tooth decay.


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, welcoming patients from Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding areas. To schedule your appointment, call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, today at 219-938-2637. You can also email our office at