If you have crooked teeth, you may not need to undergo orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile. Porcelain veneers might just do the trick instead! While dental veneers won’t correct more functional issues, such as bad occlusion (bite), these “instant orthodontics” can transform your smile in as few as two appointments. Your cosmetic dentist will be able to determine if you need orthodontics to address bite issues as well as teeth, or if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers.
Porcelain Veneers Vs. Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment uses either metal braces bonded to the teeth or a series of plastic aligners (Invisalign®) to slowly straighten teeth over a matter of months. For patients with only minorly crooked teeth, this process can be tedious and long. If you only need to address the cosmetic issues of your teeth, porcelain veneers may be a better option for you. This treatment can effectively “fix” crooked teeth by hiding them behind beautiful cosmetic restorations. Your cosmetic dentist or a lab technician will hand-craft these dental veneers to the most aesthetic size, shape, and color for your smile. Without time-consuming orthodontics, you’ll be able to reveal a beautiful smile almost instantly with porcelain veneers treatment.
The Porcelain Veneers Treatment Process
Your porcelain veneers treatment can generally be completed in as few as two appointments with your cosmetic dentist. During your consultation, you and your dentist will discuss your smile goals and you’ll complete diagnostics to ensure your mouth is healthy. Next, a portion of the enamel from each tooth will be removed and you’ll have impressions taken of your prepared teeth. Your dentist will provide temporary veneers, which you’ll wear during the few weeks your final restorations are being created. Once they’re ready, you’ll return to the office to have these restorations fitted and then bonded to your natural teeth. Without having to undergo orthodontics, your crooked teeth will be effectively hidden, and you’ll see a beautiful, straight smile designed to last for many years!
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