Porcelain Veneers

Your smile is one of the most important aspects of how you communicate with others and create positive first impressions. If you feel like your smile is sending the wrong impression due to cosmetic imperfections but you don’t want to undergo invasive and time-consuming treatments, porcelain veneers might be just right for you! At the dental practice of Dr. W. Paul Burns, DDS in El Dorado, AR, patients can transform their smiles with this completely customized, natural-looking treatment in just a few visits.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are very thin pieces of dental porcelain that are custom-shaped for your unique smile. They are place the front of your teeth to give you a symmetrical, vibrant, bright white smile. Patients choose veneers because they are versatile and can hide a wide variety of imperfections, such as:

  • Chips or cracks in teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Teeth that are smaller than others
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Pitting or grooves in the enamel

The porcelain veneer process

After you and Dr. Burns have decided that porcelain veneers are the best choice for your desired end results and oral health needs, getting them placed typically takes two visits. In the first visit, Dr. Burns prepares your teeth for the placement of the veneers by removing a small amount of tooth enamel. This is done so that the veneers have a snug fit on your teeth without sticking out or being too bulky in your mouth. In addition, we take dental impressions of your teeth that are then used by a dental laboratory to custom-fabricate your veneers to Dr. Burns’ precise specifications.

When your veneers are ready, you return to the office and Dr. Burns will check their fit, making any minor adjustments necessary. When you both agree that they fit and look great, he will bond them onto your teeth with a strong dental cement and you are free to go enjoy your brand new smile!

Cosmetic dental care that is tailored to your needs

Dr. W. Paul Burns uses a highly personalized approach in all dental care that he provides, and cosmetic treatments are no exception. He takes the time to understand what you like about your smile, what you’d like to change, and your treatment preferences, and then uses that information in combination with a thorough examination of your current oral health to recommend the cosmetic treatment options that will best fit your needs. While porcelain veneers are a great choice for many patients, in other cases, different cosmetic options to restore teeth such as composite veneers (dental bonding) or teeth whitening may be a better fit, or treatments to address gum disease or decay might be necessary prior to placing veneers.

To schedule your personalized consultation and learn more about how you can achieve the terrific smile you’ve always wanted, call the dental practice of Dr. W. Paul Burns, DDS today! Our El Dorado office serves patients in the Union County, Magnolia, Camden, and surrounding communities and can be reached at (870) 686-4232.


Veneers are thin handcrafted porcelain shields worn on the front of the tooth which improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained or worn. Veneers are thin as contact lenses, and are an aesthetically pleasing option of closing gaps, lengthening teeth, and providing symmetry to make your smile more natural. Veneers are intended to last for many years without changing color. They are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry. Ask your dentist if veneers may be right for you.

Dr. Paul Burns of Paul Burns DDS, W. Fifth St., El Dorado, AR

Dr. Paul Burns is an experienced, well-respected dentist currently serving patients in and around El Dorado, AR. Originally an El Dorado resident himself, Dr. Burns attended SAU and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, receiving a Doctoral of Dental Surgery Degree in 1990. He practiced for 27 years in St. Louis before returning to El Dorado to bring his philosophy of patient-centric, conservative dental care to patients in his hometown. A member of many reputable dental boards, Dr. Burns offers extensive general, cosmetic and restorative services to enhance the natural beauty of his patients’ smiles.