Little Known Facts about Porcelain Veneers

Veneers Started in Hollywood

The first porcelain veneers were made in the early 1900’s. They were typically used for actors in Hollywood who needed to change the appearance of their smile. These veneers were temporary and would fall off in a matter of days. Now, porcelain veneers can last for decades with thorough oral hygiene. Additionally, modern veneers are not limited to the rich and famous. With advancements in technology and cosmetic procedures, veneers are more affordable than ever. For less expensive smile makeover, dental bonding is a cheaper alternative to veneers, which covers many of the same smile imperfections.

Whitening and Veneers

Porcelain veneers are great for covering light tooth discoloration and staining. The porcelain shell has enough opacity to make your teeth appear whiter while maintaining the slight iridescence of natural teeth. However, if you would like a dramatically whiter smile, or  if you are only placing veneers on a few front teeth, it may be a good idea to have a whitening treatment before veneer placement. Once veneers are attached to your tooth, the restoration cannot be lightened. Neither over-the-counter products or professional teeth whitening can brighten porcelain since it does not have the same composition of your natural teeth.

Preventing Staining with Porcelain Veneers

While veneers are mostly stain resistant, they can be susceptible to discoloration around the edges of your tooth. Since the porcelain is attached to the front of your tooth, the dental cement used to attach the restorations may take on some staining. You can prevent dark discolorations around your porcelain veneers by flossing daily. With a thorough oral hygiene routine, you can remove the food particles from between your teeth that can attract bacteria and decay. Dental cleanings will also help you maintain your veneers and keep them sparkling for years.

Cosmetic Dentist in Sheridan

Dr. Coon looks forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams with cosmetic dentistry. For more information about how porcelain veneers can give you a smile makeover in Sheridan, contact Grinnell Street Dental at (307) 672-7567 or visit us online at