Let’s say you’ve finally decided to do something about your crooked teeth. However, you want your treatment to give you quick results. The thought of a year or more with traditional braces or Invisalign just doesn’t sound appealing. That said, is there any dental procedure that could meet your wants? As it turns out, there is one: porcelain veneers! They can correct minor tooth misalignments almost instantly. Read on to learn how veneers give you a straighter smile and the other benefits of “instant orthodontics” in Scripps Ranch.
Remind Me: What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are thin porcelain layers that dentists bond to the front of teeth. Their main purpose is to conceal dental flaws like chips, stains, cracks, and tooth fractures.
Among cosmetic dental treatments, porcelain veneers are one of the best. Their porcelain material matches the surrounding teeth’s color, size, and shape. As a result, the treatment blends with your smile seamlessly. Plus, veneers can potentially last a lifetime when given proper care.
How Do Veneers Straighten My Smile?
Technically, veneers don’t straighten anything; they correct the *appearance* of misaligned teeth. Just as they hide yellow stains and unsightly chips, they can also hide parts of your smile that don’t line up nicely.
As for why many consider them “instant orthodontics?” Veneers’ placement can take as little as two dentist appointments.
The Veneer Placement Process
During your first visit, the dentist will prepare your teeth for your permanent veneers. To that end, they’ll first remove a small amount of tooth enamel to the porcelain layers can fit. Afterward, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and plan the customized set of veneers. They’ll consider things like size, shape, and color for the latter process.
Following this initial appointment, the impression and plans will be sent to a dental laboratory. After the lab’s technicians finish making your veneers, the dentist will have you return for a fitting. When the ceramic layers’ fit is confirmed, you can leave the clinic with a new smile!
Are There Other Benefits to Instant Orthodontics?
Yes, “instant orthodontics” has many advantages. Besides helping your crooked smile in no time, veneers have the following benefits:
- They don’t require food restrictions
- Veneers don’t involve uncomfortable and noticeable brackets and wires
- They also address cosmetic issues like stains, chips, cracks, and fractures
If you don’t want to move your teeth into a different position, veneers are an excellent “straight smile” service. Talk to your dentist to see if treatment could give you a smile you’ve always wanted.
About the Author
Dr. Greg Friedman is a dentist in San Diego, CA, having graduated from Washington University’s School of Dental Medicine. His specialties include preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, not to mention emergency teeth treatments. He’s involved in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s accreditation program and the American Academy of Functional Orthodontics. Dr. Friedman currently practices at Mod Squad Dental and can be reached at his website or by phone at (858)-682-2394.