Many people suffer from minor orthodontic issues or malocclusion problems that detract from the beauty of the smile. If malocclusion problems aren’t severe enough to compromise oral health or functions, it may not be worth undergoing months of orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth. Fortunately, there is another way to improve the appearance of the smile.
Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that conceal the facial surface of the teeth to hide aesthetic flaws, including mild malocclusion problems. At Shemen Dental Group LLP, we offer instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers to give our Amarillo, TX patients a fast and convenient solution for crooked or misaligned teeth.
Am I a Candidate?
Porcelain veneers have numerous applications so they are a great option for patients with a wide range of cosmetic flaws. Porcelain veneers can be an appropriate option for malocclusion problems, as long as they are not too severe. If orthodontic issues are disrupting oral functions or making it too difficult to keep the teeth and gums healthy, then traditional orthodontic treatment will be the best option.
Superficial malocclusion problems that only affect the appearance of the smile can be successfully treated with porcelain veneers. Examples of issues that can be addressed with instant orthodontics include:
- Gapped teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Misshaped teeth
- Teeth that are not the same size as adjacent teeth
The Treatment Process
Porcelain veneers are often referred to as “instant orthodontics” because the treatment process requires a small fraction of the time of traditional orthodontic treatment. While braces and Invisalign® can take a year or longer to straighten the teeth and realign the jaw, porcelain veneers treatment is complete in a matter of weeks, or an average of two dental appointments.
Porcelain veneers treatment is broken down into two parts. The first part of treatment involves preparing the teeth for porcelain veneers placement by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel; then, we design a set of veneers that will best meet each of our Amarillo patient’s unique needs.
The second part of instant orthodontics treatment is the application of the completed veneers. Usually, a patient’s permanent porcelain veneers are fabricated and ready for placement within two weeks of the patient’s first dental appointment. Our dentists will bond porcelain veneers to the surface of the teeth using a strong dental compound. Once the veneers are in place, the teeth will instantly appear straighter, more even, and uniform.
Benefits of Instant Orthodontics
For patients with crooked teeth, gaps, or other minor malocclusion problems, instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers offers a number of benefits. The most notable advantages of instant orthodontics for our Amarillo patients include:
- Fast treatment results
- Comfortable and convenient treatment
- No need for metal brackets or wires
- Conceals other cosmetic flaws, including dental stains, chips, cracks, and fractures
If you’ve ever wished that you could improve the appearance of crooked teeth without undergoing traditional orthodontic treatment, you may be an ideal candidate for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers. To learn more about this cosmetic dentistry treatment, contact us at your earliest convenience or call Shemen Dental Group LLP at (806) 358-2472.