Why Porcelain Veneers Are Sometimes Called Instant Orthodontics

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The team at our Palmyra dental care center is proud to provide patients with so many cosmetic and restorative dentistry options. We custom tailor every treatment to the needs of our patients, addressing the problems they have and enhancing total wellness for the long run in the process.

Sometimes all a patient needs is the use of porcelain veneers, a versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment. It’s so versatile that it can even make it seem like a patient has undergone orthodontic treatment–“instant orthodontics”, if you will. Let’s explain.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic. They are designed to cover the front portions of a person’s teeth. The material of the porcelain veneer is such that it look just like natural tooth structure, whether in daylight or artificial light. They are durable in addition to being aesthetically pleasing, allowing people to bite and chew as they normally would.

With porcelain veneers in place, a patient can laugh, smile, and speak without any cosmetic flaws being visible. Sometimes all it takes for a total smile makeover is just a few porcelain veneers.

Cosmetic Problems That Porcelain Veneers Can Fix
Porcelain veneers are versatile. Dentists can use porcelain veneers to address the following cosmetic issues:

Chipped teeth
Cracked teeth
Stained teeth
Tooth discoloration
Crooked teeth
Tooth gaps
Asymmetrical teeth
Uneven tooth size
Minor misalignments
On the Idea of “Instant Orthodontics”
Porcelain veneers aren’t an orthodontic treatment at all, but the cosmetic enhancement that can be achieved through the use of porcelain veneers can be quite dramatic given the amount of versatility. With just a few porcelain veneers in place, a person might look like they’ve undergone orthodontic care. What’s more, it only takes two visits to the dentist for porcelain veneers to be fitted and placed, which is much shorter than the months required for traditional orthodontic treatment.

Hence “instant orthodontics”: the appearance of orthodontic treatment in a relative instant.

Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
The best candidates for porcelain veneers are people who experience aesthetic imperfections of their smile. They should be in otherwise good dental health and be aware that the treatment process will require more than one visit.

Instant Orthodontics vs. Traditional Orthodontics
While instant orthodontics is great for many patients, it’s not a substitute for traditional orthodontic treatment. When you have issues with tooth alignment that impact your dental health, porcelain veneers are not a viable solution. In these cases, your best option is to undergo traditional orthodontic care, which will shift the position of your teeth and enhance wellness in the process.

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?
The best way to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you is to stop by the practice for a consultation. During your visit, we will determine if your dental problems are predominantly aesthetic in nature, and then determine if porcelain veneers or other aesthetic treatments would be ideal for you.

Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can help you smile with renewed confidence, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We are here to help you feel great about your smile and your overall dental health.