Although porcelain veneers have been around since the 1930s when Dr. Charles Pincus first began placing them on actors’ teeth to change the look of a particular character, this cosmetic dental procedure has really only become mainstream in the last 30 years. Many of your favorite actors and musicians wear them and even well-known politicians have used them to improve the appearance of their smiles. Porcelain veneers have even featured highly in several TV makeover shows. In fact, this procedure is so well known that you might think you know everything there is to know about dental veneers. Well, your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Steve Burds, sheds light on a few little-known facts about this cosmetic dentistry superstar.
1. Dental Veneers Can Look Natural
You’ve probably seen celebrities whose smiles look a little too bright and a little too large for their faces. Very likely, these people have poorly designed veneers that were placed without proper preparation of the enamel and gums. In both of these cases, veneers can have a distinctive (and not at all attractive) “Chiclet” or horsey appearance. However, dental veneers that have been designed and created to fit your features and placed carefully by a trusted cosmetic dentist look exactly like healthy, beautiful, natural teeth.
2. Dental Veneers Can Strengthen Your Teeth
Since a small portion of enamel must be removed from the surface of the tooth to allow veneers to rest naturally along the gums, many people believe that dental veneers must weaken your teeth. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When bonded to a sturdy base (like a tooth) dental porcelain restorations like veneers and crowns become incredibly strong. This means that well-fitting porcelain dental veneers can actually help your teeth feel stronger and perform better.
3. Dental Veneers are not Impervious to Stains
On the other hand, people who understand the strength of dental porcelain may also think that a substance that durable must resist stains pretty effectively. In reality, porcelain dental veneers are stain-resistant, to a point. Abrasive toothpastes and other materials can leave miniscule scratches on the veneer surface. Stains can accumulate on these scratches and discolor your veneers. To help combat this, says Dr. Burds, most dentists will recommend special non-abrasive toothpaste for veneer-wearers.
Talk to Your Des Moines IA Dentist about Dental Veneers
To learn more about how porcelain veneers can give you the movie star quality smile you want, schedule an appointment with your Des Moines dentist by calling Gateway Dental Group at (515) 244-9565. Located in the 50309 area, we proudly welcome patients from Des Moines, River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.