Elmhurst Dentist Explains the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Jun 25, 2012

Elmhurst Dentist Explains the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are an increasingly popular option for many of my patients who are looking to rejuvenate their smiles. Veneers have many advantages, including the fact that they can effectively address many cosmetic dentistry concerns at once. Veneers can be used to give you straighter, whiter smile. They can also be used to cover worn enamel, and fill in gaps between teeth. Veneers can be made of a composite resin or porcelain. Today I’d like to talk about some of the advantages of porcelain veneers in particular.

Many of my patients wonder why we use porcelain for dental veneers—when they imagine porcelain, they usually think of household dishes and statuary, not dental restorations. However, porcelain is an ideal material for many reasons—its sturdiness, radiance, and versatility make porcelain useful for dental veneers.


Porcelain veneers are bonded directly to the teeth. Once porcelain is bonded to a tooth, it becomes strong and hardwearing. In fact, the elasticity, hardness, and durability of bonded porcelain all mimic natural enamel. So, when you use porcelain veneers to restore your smile, you are choosing a veneer that will hold up like a natural tooth.


For most patients, veneers should make their smile more functional and more beautiful. Porcelain veneers have a glow and luminosity to them that other dental restorations cannot match. Porcelain veneers are constructed of translucent layers of porcelain. These layers bounce and absorb light similarly to natural teeth. This means that porcelain veneers will look natural, white, and radiant, rather than dull and flat. Our Elmhurst veneers dentists, for example, create veneers that look identical to natural teeth—without metallic underlayment.

Customized Results

Because dental veneers are made of an ultra-thin layer of porcelain fixed directly to the tooth, they are always designed to fit your unique smile exactly. This means that your porcelain veneers will be crafted to meet your color and shape specifications—bringing out the best in your smile. Porcelain veneers are made for you, so you’ll never have to worry about ill-fitting, “one size fits all” restorations.

Porcelain has become a standard material for dental veneers because of its durability, radiance, and adaptability. With veneers you can effectively address a variety of cosmetic dentistry concerns—from dark teeth to large gaps in your smile. I hope this article has shed some light on the beneficial qualities of porcelain veneers—as always if you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers, or you’d like to discuss your dental options with our Elmhurst dentists, please give us a call at (630) 733-1624.