Dental veneers were invented by a Hollywood dentist in the 1920s to perfect the teeth of silent film stars. In the 100 years since, the materials for veneers and the process for placing them have gone through numerous transformations. The result is a modern cosmetic dental treatment that provides a natural-looking and long-lasting smile improvement.
Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?
Smile flaws—such as broken teeth, gaps, and uneven spacing, unusually shaped teeth, tooth staining, or even mild tooth misalignment—can all be improved quickly and easily with porcelain veneers.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Gaona can place veneers on just a few teeth or design a full set to perfect all the teeth that show when you smile.
The entire process for designing, fabricating, and placing veneers on your teeth can be completed in as few as two appointments. Once we bond your final veneers to your teeth, you can expect them to last 10 years or longer, making them an excellent investment.
What’s the Process for Getting Dental Veneers?
The first step is to meet with Dr. Gaona to determine if veneers are the right cosmetic treatment to resolve your smile flaws. If they are, the next step is to trim a thin layer of enamel from your teeth to give the veneer room to sit naturally against the gumline.
Next, we select the perfect shade of white for your veneers that will match the surrounding teeth for a seamless appearance. We take dental impressions of your prepared teeth and place temporary veneers to protect them until your final veneers are ready.
A custom dental lab prepares your veneers to our high standards, and when we receive them, you’ll return to our office, and Dr. Gaona will bond them securely to your teeth.
How to Care for Your Dental Veneers
The ceramic material we use is very strong and durable; however, veneers are extremely thin and prone to chipping or cracking under certain conditions.
You’ll want to avoid foods like crunchy bread and chips, hard candies, and stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, etc.). Don’t chew on ice or pens, or use your teeth as tools or to open packages.
Remember that you also need to take care of your oral health to protect the teeth under your veneers. If you develop a cavity or gum disease, we must remove the veneer to treat it. Brushing twice a day, flossing once, and visiting us every six months for dental cleanings are all steps you can take to protect your teeth and gums and extend the lifespan of your veneers.
Talk to Us About Dental Veneers in Glendale, AZ
If you’re ready for a dazzling smile and a big boost of confidence, Dr. Gaona would love to speak with you about porcelain veneers. In some cases, there may be other options to help you achieve your goals, and Dr. Gaona will guide you in choosing the one that’s right for you.