Veneers have been used by Phoenix dentists for decades to alter the look of their patients’ teeth. They were originally introduced in the early 1900’s as a costuming tool for actors. At the time, they were perfect for changing one’s appearance for a film role because they were only temporarily bonded to the teeth. Today’s veneers are much more permanent, but they serve the same purpose as they did back then. They enhance, improve, and restore your smile so you can look and feel your best.
When a Phoenix patient gets veneers, there is no need for a change in dental hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing, along with scheduled cleanings, is sufficient maintenance. Your teeth might be more sensitive to heat and cold, though, because part of the tooth enamel must be removed before traditional porcelain restorations can be placed. This is, of course, not a concern with DURAThin veneers, which can be adhered to the teeth without previously removing any enamel. However, with both traditional porcelain and DURAThin, the color of the restoration is permanent. If you wish to whiten your teeth at a later date, the veneer will retain its original color while the rest of your teeth become brighter. You have two options in this situation. First, you can have your teeth whitened before your restoration is made. That way you know it will match your smile. Second, you can wait until you want to have your teeth whitened and replace your current restoration with a new one that matches better. This is a more costly option in the long run, since you are paying for two veneers instead of just one; receiving whitening treatments first might be a wise investment.
Schedule a consultation at Harris Dental in Phoenix to learn more about veneers and how they will work for you.