Makeover Your Smile with Instant Orthodontics
Among the many reasons for their popularity, porcelain veneers are extremely versatile. They can be used to improve the shape, size, and color of one or two individual teeth or as the foundation of a comprehensive smile makeover. Each cosmetic dentist at the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute customizes individual treatments, including porcelain veneers, to the unique needs and goals of each patient.
In addition to serving an exclusively cosmetic function, porcelain veneers can also be used as a sort of orthodontic treatment for patients with minor misalignment and bite issues. Such treatment is often referred to as “instant orthodontics” because patients experience instant results, without the months or even years of waiting that are associated with traditional orthodontic treatments such as braces. While instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers may not be for everybody, those patients who are candidates may find it an ideal solution to minor misalignment and spacing issues.
At our cosmetic dentistry practice in Troy, instant orthodontics has helped many patients achieve the healthy-looking, uniform smiles they desire. Interested in learning more about how we can do the same in your case? Simply contact the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute today to schedule your initial consultation.
How Instant Orthodontics Works
Veneers are thin yet strong and durable layers of porcelain that are custom-crafted to conceal aesthetic flaws when affixed to the front surfaces of the teeth. They can also be used to alter the shape, width, and length of teeth, which is how they are used in instant orthodontics.
If your teeth are separated by gaps, your bite is not as strong as it could and should be. Porcelain veneers can be crafted to close gaps, which can help to ensure that the teeth remain in their optimal positions and do not drift toward a gap. They can also extend teeth so that the upper and lower teeth meet properly, further strengthening the bite.
Visible crookedness can also be corrected by porcelain veneers. The veneers can be shaped in such a way that all of the teeth face forward, lending the smile a straight, uniform façade.
Candidates for Instant Orthodontics
The best candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those who:
- Have small but noticeable gaps separating the front teeth
- Have minor crookedness
- Have teeth that are not uniform in length
- Are in basically good oral health, without advanced periodontal disease or loose or missing teeth
- Have realistic expectations
For those patients with more severe alignment or bite issues, traditional orthodontic treatment may be recommended. However, many patients who undergo traditional orthodontics complete their therapy by being fitted with porcelain veneers, putting the finishing touches on their new and improved smiles.
One particular benefit of instant orthodontics, whether performed on its own or in conjunction with traditional orthodontic treatment, is that porcelain veneers also effectively conceal chips, cracks, and discoloration, leading to a radiant, naturally white smile that can last for a decade or longer with proper maintenance.
For further information about porcelain veneers or instant orthodontics, please call or email our cosmetic dentistry practice today.