Offering A Smile Makeover With Porcelain Veneers

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Our last blog focused on dental bonding, which helps improve smile esthetics in one visit. Today, we would like to talk about a more lifelike and durable cosmetic restoration known as a porcelain veneer. With these esthetic restorations, we can offer a smile makeover from our Des Moines, IA, dentist, transforming your smile’s beauty in as little as two visits.

Creating Each Veneer

A veneer, when placed, fits over the front and sides of each tooth. They will be incredibly thin, and fit comfortably without upsetting the balance of your bite. To ensure optimal fit and attractiveness, each one is custom-made specifically for each tooth. To start, we remove a thin layer of enamel, which makes room for them. We next take a series of images, impressions, and measurements, which will be necessary to design and craft them in a dental lab setting. When you return for a second visit, we will place the completed restoration with a powerful bonding agent. With proper care and attention, your new veneers could last for decades to come.

The Benefits of Porcelain

We use porcelain because this material is able to absorb and withstand daily bite forces and pressure. This is the same reason porcelain is often a great choice for creating crowns, inlays, and onlays, as well as dental bridges and dental implant restorations. The material contains stain-resistant properties, and can be shaded to blend with the surrounding teeth.

Correcting Cosmetic Issues

When we place them, we instantly mask teeth stains, and provide repair for minor cracks and chips. We can add length to worn-down teeth, and also correct surface issues, such as pits, grooves, tough patches, and misshapen teeth. We could also use them to correct the appearance of misalignment, so you may have an alternative to braces or aligners. They’ve closed embarrassing gaps between the teeth as well. In as little as two visits, you can enjoy a totally new smile.

Keeping Your Restoration Bright

What should you do to keep your new veneers bright and strong? First, continue to brush and floss daily, and that includes your restorations. Cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which promotes plaque buildup and cavities, and avoid tobacco products, which could worsen gum issues like periodontal disease. Make time to see us for a checkup and cleaning every six months too, so we can keep a close eye on your smile and remove plaque and tartar.


Our team is ready to help you obtain a smile that not only looks great, but is healthier too. To learn more about our approach to cosmetic dental care, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.