Porcelain Veneers

Creating a Smile That’s Worthy of You

Have you ever flipped through a style magazine or watched an awards show and wondered how in the world all the people with nice teeth ended up in Hollywood? It’s not a coincidence; it’s the work of some talented cosmetic dentists and porcelain veneers. Now, the residents of West Des Moines can achieve a smile worthy of the red carpet with experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Hawks. With a single two-phase procedure, Dr. Hawks can correct a several smile imperfections, including:

  • Gaps between teeth (diastema).
  • Uneven or crooked teeth (a feat which has earned veneers the nickname “instant orthodontics”).
  • Misshaped teeth, teeth with pits or grooves, and noticeably smaller teeth.

Porcelain veneers also provide an ideal solution for people with severe enamel stains that do not respond to teeth whitening treatments but who want a solution that lasts longer than cosmetic bonding.

Making Over Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

In order to uphold his high standards for clinical excellence and ethics, Dr. Hawks will always perform a thorough examination of your teeth before recommending porcelain veneers. If he determines that your oral health and the strength of your enamel is a good fit, he can proceed with treatment. First, Dr. Hawks will remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. This critical step allows the veneers to sit naturally along the gums and avoid the large, “horsey” look that characterizes badly placed veneers. After preparing the enamel, Dr. Hawks will take impressions of your teeth so that the lab technicians who will hand-craft your veneers can ensure a good fit. Once your veneers arrive back from the dental lab, Dr. Hawks will double check them for fit, make any adjustments necessary, and bond them permanently into place.

Caring for Your New Smile

Caring for dental veneers is as easy as taking care of your natural teeth. However, you will need to take a few precautions to make sure that your veneers stay dazzling and bright. Be sure to use only non-abrasive toothpaste, since common toothpaste abrasives can scratch the enamel and dull their shine, making them more susceptible to stains. Don’t use your veneers to tear open packages or crunch on ice. In addition, if you play contact sports, be sure to wear a mouth guard to prevent damaging your porcelain veneers.

Are Veneers Your Best Solution?

If you want to completely makeover your smile, then find out if porcelain veneers are your best solution by calling our dental office in West Des Moines, IA, at (515) 225-6665. Since 1985, Dr. Hawks has proudly served the residents of West Des Moines, as well as Urbandale, Johnston, Waukee, Grimes, and all surrounding communities since 1985.