Porcelain Veneer FAQs

DveneersHave you heard of porcelain veneers but wondered what they actually are? When you look at the smiles of movie stars you are often looking at veneers. Veneers can improve your smile with an easy, non-invasive procedure and only two dental visits. No longer are smile makeovers only at the finger tips of the rich and famous. Anyone can have one and there are a variety of treatment options available that will fit the extent of your improvements and your financial budget. Porcelain veneers are one of those treatment options.   

Veneer FAQs

Fact #1: Although your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, they incur wear and tear over the years.

Fact #2: Tooth wear is caused by what you eat and drink and how you eat and drink, how you bite and chew, and whether you grind, or clench.

Fact #3: What you eat and drink also can cause tooth stains such as wine, coffee, tea, sauces, popsicles, and red, orange, and dark sodas.

Fact #4: Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin and are a minimally invasive treatment.

Fact #5: Only about ½ millimeter of tooth structure is removed to accommodate veneers.

Fact #6: Porcelain is a glass-like dental material that possesses the translucency and color most similar to your natural dentition.

Fact #7: Porcelain is also as strong as your natural tooth enamel.

Fact #8: During the first visit your teeth are prepared by removing the ½ millimeter of tooth structure.

Fact #9: Then impressions are made and sent to the dental lab for veneer fabrication.

Fact #11: You will go home with temporary veneers.

Fact #12:  During the second visit your veneers will be checked for color and fit then permanently bonded to the front surface of your teeth.

Fact #13: Used to treat discolored, chipped, broken, uneven, misaligned, irregularly shaped, and/or worn teeth, porcelain veneers are stain resistant and can last up to 10 years or more.

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Contact your Des Moines dentist by calling Gateway Dental Group at (515) 244-9565. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.