Elmhurst Veneers Dentist Explains How Veneers Are Used to Make a Smile Look Proportionate

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Nov 1, 2011

There are a variety of reasons why a patient might choose to pursue cosmetic treatment. Many patients are interested in whitening or brightening their existing teeth. Other people want to straighten crooked smiles or correct misalignments. Traditional solutions such as teeth whitening treatments and orthodontics have helped patients correct cosmetically flawed smiles. Historically, it has been more difficult to correct the appearance of teeth that are not proportional. Now, however, our Elmhurst veneers dentists can use dental veneers to make teeth look ideally shaped and sized.

Teeth can appear out of proportion in a variety of ways. Some patients have teeth that are too short or too long. Some smiles are poorly proportioned because teeth did not reach their full genetic potential as they were developing. Teeth can also sustain damage, becoming chipped or irregularly shaped, which throws the entire smile out of balance. When teeth are not proportional, a patient’s smile does not look even and unified.


Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are affixed directly to existing teeth. They are shaped to enhance a patient’s smile. Veneers, therefore, can be used to make teeth appear longer, wider, or more evenly shaped. Veneers have the unique ability to visually resurface dental enamel—restoring balance to a patient’s smile.

Dental veneers are a breakthrough cosmetic treatment—they can be used to correct cosmetic problems that were previously considered untreatable. If you have been wishing that you could change the shape or visual balance of your smile, dental veneers may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Give our Elmhurst veneers dentists a call at (630) 733-1624 if you have questions about dental veneers or you’d like to talk about cosmetic options in general. Our dentists can help you visualize how your smile can transform with porcelain veneers.