A beautiful smile and straight teeth can make a huge difference in your appearance and self-confidence, but traditional orthodontic methods can be both time-consuming and uncomfortable. Moreover, not everyone suffers from the sort of bite problems that truly call for braces or similar treatments. In many instances, patients simply want their most visible teeth to appear to be in uniform alignment.
In such cases, porcelain veneers may be able to help. Also known as instant orthodontics in these instances, veneers allow someone to obtain a brand new smile in just one or two visits. Rather than undergoing a lengthy orthodontic process, consider the benefits of permanently straightening your smile with porcelain veneers.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are crafted to match the color, size, and shape of your teeth, but with slight improvements. They are permanently cemented over teeth, covering imperfections beneath while creating a new visage over the front. Because of porcelain’s near-identical appearance to natural enamel, veneers effectively create a brand new, beautiful smile without sacrificing the underlying teeth. Whether you use veneers to cover one tooth or multiple teeth, they are created to complement and improve your specific smile.
Because veneers cover teeth, they can be used to adjust the width and edge of each tooth. In this way, veneers can alter the apparent alignment of teeth, creating an overall image of uniformity and alignment. Similarly, they can be used to fill gaps between teeth or create a more evenly spaced smile. Once veneers are placed, the changes are durable and long-lasting.
The Benefits of Instant Orthodontics
When you use porcelain veneers to achieve a straighter smile, you gain several advantages over traditional orthodontic methods, including:
- Quick results: Braces and similar procedures can take months, if not years, for the final result. Rather than gradually shifting teeth into place, veneers immediately produce a new smile altogether. In just two dental visits, we can take impressions of your teeth, prepare them for veneers, and ultimately place your veneers once they are ready. Both visits can typically be scheduled within a couple of weeks.
- No metal braces: Orthodontic hardware can be a hassle throughout the treatment process.
- Additional cosmetic benefits: Braces will only improve straightness, whereas porcelain veneers improve virtually every aesthetic quality. Stains, cracks, and undersized teeth can be conveniently hidden while teeth are also straightened, and the quality of porcelain ensures that future imperfections can be more easily avoided.
Candidates for Instant Orthodontics
While porcelain veneers are often an appealing option, patients must first be sure that they are well suited for the procedure. First and foremost, teeth and gums must be in relatively good condition - any instance of decay or disease must first be dealt with via restorative dentistry. To ensure the longevity of veneers, patients with bruxism (habitual teeth grinding) may also want to speak with their dentist about protecting their veneers from chips or cracks.
In regard to orthodontics, it should be noted that porcelain veneers are a purely cosmetic procedure. They will not fix severe alignment issues that create bite problems or threaten one’s oral health. In such cases, and in cases where teeth are impacted, traditional orthodontics are in fact needed to create proper space within the mouth. Nevertheless, for those who simply want to achieve straighter looking teeth for aesthetic purposes, instant orthodontics may very well be an excellent alternative.
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are just one way to improve your smile. To learn more about instant orthodontics or our other cosmetic treatment options, schedule a consultation or exam at our office.