It’s Time to Smile With Confidence
Do you feel self-conscious when you smile? If you have cracked, chipped, or misshapen teeth, smiling with confidence may not be easy. Fortunately, dental veneers are an easy cosmetic dentistry option for correcting many imperfections in your smile. Here at Hickman Family Dental, we offer two types of dental veneers and our patients have been extremely happy with the results.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers, which are often referred to as porcelain veneers, are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of your teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length and resulting in an instantly improved appearance.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers are more common as they resist stains better than resin veneers. They also mimic reflective light better, which is similar to the properties of your natural teeth.
Resin veneers are sometimes chosen because they are thinner, so they require the removal of less tooth surface before their placement. You can discuss your options with Dr. Erickson or Dr. Krehbiel before deciding which type is right for you.
The Benefits of Dental Veneers
The size and proportions of your teeth can impact the appearance of your smile. With dental veneers, the teeth are reshaped to cover chips, gaps, and misalignments. The procedure has an extremely high satisfaction rate, with many of our happy patients achieving the smile of their dreams in our Urbandale, IA office.
The top benefits of veneers include:
- Covering chips, cracks, and discoloration in teeth
- Creating a natural look and feel
- Preventing tooth discoloration
- Increasing confidence
- Easy to maintain
- Non-invasive procedure
How Dental Veneers Beautify Your Smile
Your natural teeth can chip, break, or turn yellow over time. While poor dental hygiene can contribute to these things, your age, genetics, and everyday eating and drinking habits are also a factor. Porcelain veneers can give you a bright white smile and transform your teeth. They’re often used to:
- Mask permanently discolored teeth
- Reshape misshapen teeth
- Treat misaligned front teeth
- Fill gaps between teeth
- Increase the length of the crown
Our patients are often surprised by the difference dental veneers can make in the way they look and feel. Many of them are also surprised by how easy the process is.
The Dental Veneers Process
After your consultation with our team, the next step is to schedule an appointment to receive your new veneers. First, a small portion of your tooth enamel layer is removed to make room for the veneer. Dr. Erickson or Dr. Krehbiel will take impressions of the prepared teeth, and temporary veneers will be created for you. The temporary veneers will cover your teeth until your next visit, giving skilled lab technicians time to design your permanent veneers.
During the following visit, we will remove the temporaries, clean your teeth, and bond your permanent veneers over your natural teeth. After-care instructions will be provided to you at that time. While veneers don’t last forever, you can enjoy them for 10-15 years before they’ll have to be replaced as long as you properly care for your teeth.
Dental Veneers FAQ
Is the dental veneers procedure painful?
While you may experience some discomfort during the process, you should not experience any pain during the placement of your veneers. Our team will numb the area before we begin removing your tooth enamel to ensure you do not feel pain. Afterward, you may notice some soreness or discomfort for a few days. This can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. If your pain feels severe or your discomfort lasts more than a few days, call our office right away so we can help.
Will my dental insurance cover porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are considered cosmetic dentistry, so typically your dental insurance will not cover them. We will go over your financing options with you at our Urbandale office before we begin.
Do dental veneers chip or break?
Both porcelain and resin veneers are extremely durable. You should be able to speak and chew normally. However, we do recommend you avoid biting down on hard foods or candy with your veneers. If you grind your teeth at night, please let us know so we can order a mouth guard for you.
Dental Veneers at Hickman Family Dental
Are you ready to improve your smile in just two dental visits? We would love to help you achieve your dream smile. Call our office at (515) 276-4981 or request an appointment here. We look forward to meeting you!