Dental Veneers Are Designed to Fit You: Our Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentist Explains

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Apr 24, 2018

If you have been looking for a cosmetic treatment to transform your smile, then you may have already heard about dental veneers. Veneers are exceptionally thin porcelain restorations that are attached to the patient’s natural teeth. Once a veneer is in place, it stays there permanently, and gives the tooth a whole new appearance.

One of the major advantages of using dental veneers is that our Elmhurst cosmetic dentists customize every aspect of the veneer to meet the patient’s needs. Keep reading to learn more!

It is crucial that, when designing your dental veneer, your dentist mimics the natural appearance of your existing smile. What does this mean?

The size of your dental veneer needs to be in line with the sizes of your existing teeth. Sometimes our dentist crafts veneers to be slightly wider or longer than the patient’s natural tooth (in order to fill gaps in the smile), but even when we do this, we ensure that final restoration looks appropriately sized.

The color of your dental veneer should blend with the shade of your smile. We are able to customize the color of your restoration to achieve an exact match. One thing to keep in mind: If you want to also lighten your natural smile, we should complete dental whitening treatment prior to placing the veneer, as veneers are not receptive to whitening gels.

Finally, the shape of your restorations needs to look natural, and help you maintain healthy dental alignment and bite surfaces. Many people don’t realize that teeth come in all kinds of shapes! Some people have teeth with sharp angles, while others have enamel with rounder edges. No matter what your naturally occurring dental shapes are, our team will use these shapes as a guideline when designing your veneer.

The result of all of this customization and attention to detail is a cosmetic restoration that looks natural, functions optimally, and enhances the overall appearance of your smile. As always, you can reach out to our Elmhurst veneer dentists for additional information or support.