3 Things Porcelain Veneers Do for Your Smile

You may be surprised to learn that what might seem like extensive cosmetic dental issues can often be treated and improved with just a single procedure. Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of dental porcelain that are hand-crafted to resemble the front surfaces of your teeth. Through careful measurements with advanced diagnostic technology and the expert craftsmanship of a skilled dental technician, porcelain veneers can provide a comprehensive and lifelike solution to improve your smile.

Improve Your Smile’s Appearance

As a cosmetic dental treatment, the main purpose and benefit of porcelain veneers is dramatically improving your smile’s appearance. Dental porcelain, or ceramic, is designed to mimic the color, shade, and light-reflecting abilities of healthy, natural teeth. By concealing the entire front surface of each respective tooth, veneers can help address a multitude of issues, like;

  • Chipped/cracked teeth
  • Excessively worn teeth
  • Severe tooth stains
  • Slightly uneven or crooked teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • And much more

Preserve Natural Tooth Structure

Once they’ve been damaged or modified to accommodate a dental treatment, your teeth can’t regrow their structure. Because of this, effective treatments should focus on preserving as much of your healthy tooth structure as possible. The thin nature of veneers (they’re typically made less than 0.5mm thick) means Dr. Calcagno and Dr. Heimer don’t have to extensively modify your teeth before placing them. Removing a minimal amount of tooth enamel provides enough space to accommodate the veneers comfortably and naturally.

Restore Your Smile’s Balance

When teeth are seriously misaligned (a condition known as malocclusion), the discrepancy can throw your bite off balance and lead to a host of subsequent tooth problems. When teeth are only slightly crooked, or they’ve been worn by years of use, veneers can often restore your smile’s balance without requiring orthodontic braces or other, more invasive procedures.


Calcagno Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, Invisalign, root canals, and pediatric dentistry. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.