Porcelain Veneers: Your Questions Answered

If there are several parts of your smile that you wish were different, it may have ended up low on your priority list for fear that it would take too long or too many treatments to achieve the goals you desire. At Central Park Dentistry, your Charles City, IA, dentist understands that a smile makeover can feel like a huge undertaking, but we think you’d be surprised at how quick and easy the cosmetic dentistry process can be, especially with the help of porcelain veneers. So, in today’s blog, Dr. Hansen will answer your questions about this procedure to help you better understand if veneers are the solution for your smile goals.

Questions and Answers

Question: What are porcelain veneers?

Answer: They are thin shells made of porcelain that are crafted to fit perfectly over your natural teeth. They have a translucent finish, so they look natural, and they can correct several cosmetic dental issues at once.

Question: What kinds of issues can veneers solve?

Answer: Porcelain veneers fit over your teeth, meaning they can cover many different issues, including:

  • Stained, yellowed, or otherwise discolored teeth
  • Chips and cracks in your teeth
  • Uneven length of your teeth
  • Uneven texture of your teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor crookedness of your teeth

By covering up your natural tooth with a thin shell (which is color-matched to a shade that you pick out), you can gain a whiter, straighter, more uniform-looking smile in just one procedure.

Question: How does the procedure work?

Answer: When you arrive for your first appointment, you will talk with Dr. Hansen and receive an oral exam to determine if porcelain veneers are right for you. Once it’s decided, impressions of your teeth will be taken and sent to a lab where they will custom-make your veneers. Once they are sent to Central Park Dentistry, you will come in for a second appointment, during which your shells will be bonded to the front of each individual tooth. After that, all that’s left is for you to enjoy your new smile!

Question: How do I care for my veneers?

Answer: Since they are permanently bonded only to the fronts of your natural teeth, preserving the structure of each tooth, porcelain veneers are cared for in the same ways that you cared for your teeth before receiving them! Being sure to brush twice (with a non-abrasive toothpaste) and floss once a day will help to ensure the health of your new smile.

Are Veneers Your Smile Solution?

If you have been putting off your smile makeover, porcelain veneers may have your issues covered. To learn more, schedule a visit by calling Central Park Dentistry in Charles City, IA, today at (641) 228-1115. We also proudly welcome patients from Nora Springs, Riceville, and all surrounding communities.