Various orthodontic procedures for fixing gapped, crowded, and crooked teeth typically require long-term treatment in order to realize results. However, porcelain veneers provide a noninvasive way to straighten imperfect teeth and in little time.
About Porcelain Veneers
A porcelain veneer is a light layer of porcelain that is designed to mimic the look of your own natural teeth. It is positioned on noticeable teeth in your mouth to cover up imperfections and improve the look of your smile.
Porcelain veneers are made to fit specifically for each individual, so they can be designed to mimic the shape, color, and density of other teeth for a more natural look.
Veneers differ from Invisalign and traditional metal braces in that they make a dramatic change to your teeth in as little as one month as opposed to one year or longer. The procedure is also less invasive than other orthodontic treatments, so it is often also less expensive, depending on the amount of work needed.
Why Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers do not actually move or reposition your teeth to align them, like metal braces and Invisalign, instead, they simply work to cover up spaces and reshape crooked or crowded teeth, instantly giving you a straight, even line of teeth.
Veneers are also not just good for straightening the teeth like some orthodontic treatments, but they also correct many other problems during the process as well, such as rotated teeth, which is difficult for Invisalign to correct.
Who Are Good Candidates for Porcelain Veneers?
If you have noticed that over time you have developed spaces between your teeth, or your teeth have become crooked, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers.
Veneers are also great for brightening discolored teeth, and they can also whiten teeth that are nonreactive to tooth whitening.
On some individuals, the upper lateral incisor or incisors may not develop to their full size, or they may grow more peg shaped as opposed to their usual rectangular shape, also called peg laterals, which can be an embarrassing condition. A porcelain veneer can be used to correct peg laterals when you have your teeth aligned.
What is the Process of Getting Porcelain Veneers?
The first step in the process is to meet with your cosmetic dentist concerning the teeth you want covered as well as which products are suitable for you.
The dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and then create a veneer, or veneers, that is equivalent.
The mold is then sent to the lab, where they will use it to create a veneer using the mold as a replica for your teeth, which will help ensure the veneer is a perfect match.
Once the veneer arrives at the dentist’s office, the dentist will attach the veneer to your teeth using a bonding resin technique.
Before receiving the veneer placement, the dentist will need to fit your tooth for the veneer. First, you will be given an anesthetic injection in your mouth, and then the dentist will polish your tooth to enable the veneer to fit it.
However, if you do not wish to have your enamel smoothed down through polishing or have to receive an injection, you can opt for a no prep veneer, such as Vivaneers No-Prep veneers, that require no injections or polishing. Instead, Vivaneers No-Prep veneers are just 0.33 millimeters thick, so the enamel doesn’t need to be polished down to fit them. And since you won’t require an injection or polishing, you won’t experience any discomfort; therefore, you can relax during your successive visit.
Porcelain veneers are done in-office and, in many cases, in as quick as two visits.
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Additionally, they are committed to providing outstanding oral care, for both children and adults, in a comfortable environment for a memorable dental experience that is sure to improve your life.
Our dentists also remain up to date in modern techniques, technology, and training to offer our clients the very best of what the world of dentistry has to offer. Whether you are in need of a dental cleaning, or you would like an absolute smile makeover, we are here to help.
If you have gapped, crooked, crowded, damaged, or discolored teeth, and porcelain veneers do not interest you, simply consider one of our other dental treatments, which includes dental implants, ceramic onlays and veneers, crowns, Invisalign, braces, and more.
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