Answers to your Questions about Porcelain Veneers

SmileyIn terms of versatility, porcelain veneers are a cosmetic procedure worthy of the term “smile makeover.” To look nice, feel confident, and give a good impression, physical perfection is certainly not a requirement. However, there’s no denying that dental issues can become so out of hand that your teeth are a distraction. Des Moines dentist, Dr. Steve Burds, feels great about the fact that porcelain dental veneers provide many deflated patients the opportunity to feel proud to smile again.

Porcelain Veneers FAQs

Q1. When were veneers invented?

A1. The inception of dental veneers in America occurred in 1928. A Hollywood dentist by the name of Charles Pincus came up with the idea. Unfortunately, the adhesive used at the time was about as permanent as what you would use for false eyelashes. The temporary nature of veneers made them appropriate for actors in movies but not much else.

Q2. Do porcelain dental veneers cover over the entire tooth?

A2. No. Porcelain veneers are designed to cover over the front surfaces of teeth creating the disappearance of multiples flaws. It is the most complete cosmetic dentistry procedure (unless you count white dental crowns which do cover the front and back, allowing for restorative and cosmetic function).

Q3. How long does it take to complete a porcelain veneers procedure?

A3. Dental veneers are usually completed in two to three visits. Your first appointment is often just a consultation to discuss your smile desires and examine your mouth for any signs of infection that will require attention. Veneers placed on top of tooth decay or gum disease will not provide the same longevity and could cause bigger problems with your teeth in the long run by trapping bacteria. After your consultation and any necessary restorative work, Dr. Burds will place your custom fabricated dental veneers.

Porcelain Veneers from Des Moines Dentist

If you’re unhappy with the cosmetic look of your smile, visit your Des Moines dentist to consult about cosmetic dental options such as porcelain veneers. You can contact our 50309 dental office by calling (515) 244-9565. Located in the 50309 area, we proudly welcome patients from Des Moines, River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.