What to Ask Your Dentist About Porcelain Veneers

Do you sometimes wish that you could fix your smile’s appearance, but aren’t sure how to do it? Is your smile marred by more than one issue, and you’re worried about how many treatments you’ll need to fix them? The point of cosmetic dentistry is to make your smile look brilliant, but also to preserve as much of your healthy tooth structure as possible. As a conservative treatment, porcelain veneers can transform your smile’s appearance in one procedure, with little tooth preparation necessary.

What can porcelain veneers address?

The beauty of porcelain veneers lies largely in their versatility. Because they conceal the visible area of your smile, veneers can conservatively treat teeth that are discolored or exhibit stubborn stains that won’t respond to teeth whitening. Veneers are also recommended for teeth that are chipped, cracked, oddly spaced, slightly misshapen, or slightly out of alignment.

Would a crown be better than a veneer?

As diverse as porcelain veneers are, they aren’t always the ideal solution. For instance, if your tooth is significantly cracked or fractured, it may need the structural support of a dental crown to protect it. A crown is designed to mimic your entire tooth’s top portion, and is placed over the tooth rather than just bonded to the front of it. After a careful examination, your dentist will help you decide if a dental crown or porcelain veneer is your best option.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Although veneers require minimal disturbance to your teeth, your teeth can’t grow back the structure that’s sculpted in preparation. Therefore, veneers are considered a permanent restoration, and the process can’t be reversed. Fortunately, porcelain veneers last up to 10-15 years with proper care and maintenance before needing restoration or replacement.

Find Out if Porcelain Veneers Can Makeover Your Smile

With one or more custom-designed porcelain veneers, you may be able to completely makeover your smile with just one procedure. To find out if veneers are the best option for your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.