Do you look in the mirror and love what you see? Or do you avoid looking altogether because there are things you would like to change about yourself? If you’re like hundreds of people today, you may have the self confidence to smile on the inside, but that confidence is not reflected on the outside because of self-esteem issues related to any of the following that might be affecting your smile:
- Discolored teeth – from a root canal, tetracycline stains or excessive fluoride
- Chipped, broken or worn-down teeth
- Uneven, crooked or misshaped teeth
- Large gaps between teeth
There are many different reasons why people turn to cosmetic dentistry to change the way they look. When it comes to transforming your smile, porcelain veneers offer a conservative approach, require little or no removal of the tooth structure, and when properly placed they look great and feel just like natural teeth.
What are porcelain veneers & how are they placed?
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made wafer-like shells of tooth-colored material than can be used to correct discolored teeth, fix chipped or broken teeth… and they can also be used to lengthen short teeth, shorten long teeth or even straighten crooked teeth.
When starting the process of porcelain veneers, one of the first and most important steps is arriving at a smile design. During your exam and consultation, Dr. Thomas will take x-rays and ask you questions such as:
- What color do you want your teeth to be?
- What shape or length?
- What kind of look do you want (i.e. sophisticated, bold, etc)
- What do you not want your smile to look like?
Dr. Thomas will take into consideration your wants and needs as well as his professional opinion to arrive at a smile design that is custom-made for you. He’ll take pictures, plus, he’ll show you before and after photos of patients who he has done similar work for and create a wax-up model for your approval.
Once your veneers are ready, Dr. Thomas will have you try them on in the office. If you don’t absolutely love what you see, he’ll send them back to the technician to make any necessary adjustments before permanently bonding them to your teeth. Read more about his Beautiful Smile Guarantee.
Dr. Thomas has been designing smiles for over 30 years, and hasn’t found a patient who didn’t love their new smile right away. Check out an amazing smile transformation with porcelain veneers when Dr. Thomas was chosen as the cosmetic dentist for Des Moines’ ABC Channel 5 Ulitimate Extreme Makeover Show.
If you’re wondering if porcelain veneers are right for you, check out our smile gallery to see beautiful smiles Dr. Thomas has created, and then give us a call or visit our request an appointment page to schedule an examination. If you’re not ready to commit to an examination yet, Dr. Thomas would be happy to see you for a complimentary consultation.