Correcting Cosmetic Issues With Porcelain Veneers

custom porcelain veneersMany times, patients with multiple esthetic issues with the shape and color of the teeth assume multiple procedures will be necessary to improve the beauty of their teeth. However, as your Des Moines, IA, dentist will explain, using porcelain veneers we can correct a wide array of cosmetic issues in just two visits. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the benefits of restoring smile beauty with porcelain veneers.

Crafting a Custom Veneer

Each one will be custom-made specifically for your smile, ensuring not only a proper fit, but a lifelike appearance too. To begin, we need to make room for them. We remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth, and then take a series of detailed impressions and images. Using the information we’ve gathered, we will design and create the veneers. The porcelain we use to create them is translucent like tooth enamel, and can be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth. We may even brighten your teeth with whitening to ensure they match your brightest possible smile. The material is also designed to withstand and absorb daily bite forces and pressures!

Placement and Maintenance

When you return for your second visit, we will check the fit of your veneers and if necessary, make adjustments. Then we place them with a powerful bonding agent, the same we use to secure crowns. Routine care is then necessary to keep them bright and protect the teeth we’ve attached them to from tooth decay and gum disease. We suggest seeing us every six months for a checkup and a dental cleaning. At home, brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and also floss every night before bed too.

Correcting Esthetic Issues

Placement has been used to lengthen teeth worn down by teeth grinding. We also repair minor cracks and chips, and reshape malformed or misshapen teeth. We can close unsightly gaps between the teeth and mask permanent teeth stains, the kind of discoloration that may not otherwise respond to traditional teeth whitening options. Placement has even corrected the appearance of minor misalignment, providing a cosmetic alternative to braces. As you can see, we have the opportunity to transform the appearance of your smile and tackle multiple cosmetic and restorative issues at once. If you have any questions about our cosmetic restorations, or if you would like to see if they’re right for you, then contact our team today.


In as little as two visits, our team is ready to help you enjoy a stunning new smile with a custom restoration. To learn more about improving your smile’s beauty and function, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.