What Makes A Porcelain Veneer Look Natural?

kahoka veneersWhen you have multiple issues with your smile, we could address them at once with our custom porcelain veneers. These are thin shells of porcelain that could make major esthetic changes to your smile. In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist talks about how we design and craft these lifelike dental restorations, and what to expect from placement.

Crafting Your Custom Veneers

Each one we place on a patient’s smile is custom-made, which ensures a lifelike appearance and also a comfortable fit that preserves the balance of your bite. First, we need to make room for them, which involves gently removing a thin layer of outer enamel from your tooth. Afterward, instead of taking physical impressions we instead gather a series of detailed digital images, which we combine to create a more accurate 3D computer impression. We use this in a lab setting to design and craft the prosthetic.

The Lifelike Porcelain

We craft each one from porcelain due to the material’s strength and durability. In fact, we use the same material in our crowns and even bridges and implant restorations for the same reason. The material can also provide stain-resistant properties, and we can shade it to blend with the smile seamlessly. As a result, you have a restoration that looks and functions like natural tooth structure, so you can continue to smile with confidence. Routine care from home and our office, such as brushing and flossing your teeth, and visits for a checkup and cleaning, can help keep the material bright.

Placement and Esthetic Benefits

When the finished product is ready, you will return to the office so we can check the fit and if necessary, make a few final adjustments. The porcelain veneer is then attached to the front of the tooth with a powerful bonding agent. Your newly restored tooth will look natural! We use these to provide repair for minor chips and cracks, and to help add length to the teeth worn down by issues like teeth grinding. We could also fill exposed gaps between the teeth, even those small black triangle spaces. In addition, we can correct misshapen teeth and even mask permanent teeth stains! If you have minor misalignment, we could correct the appearance of your smile so you have a straighter looking smile without requiring braces or aligners.

If you have any questions about how we treat cosmetic issues with our custom restorations, or if you would like to see if one is right for your smile, then give us a call today.


We want to help address the esthetic issues that make you feel less confident in your smile. To find out more about improving the beauty of your smile, then contact your Kahoka, MO, dentist, Dr. Barbour, by calling 660-727-4746.