What do you think of when you hear the term "instant orthodontics"? It does sound like some kind of accelerated braces system, doesn't it? In fact, instant orthodontics is another term used to describe porcelain dental veneers.
You may have heard about porcelain veneers before, but there are many misconceptions about what they are and how they are used. When you meet with a skilled cosmetic dentist, you can learn about porcelain veneers in greater detail. Right now, let's cover some of the basics.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are affixed to the front portions of the teeth. When in place, the porcelain veneers will block the dental imperfection from view, leaving your smile looking excellent in the process.
The best part about the porcelain veneers is that they blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. You see, the dental veneer material is semi-translucent, meaning that both artificial light and natural light affects the veneer material just as it would natural tooth structure.
The reason that porcelain veneers have been dubbed "instant orthodontics" is that they can provide the appearance of orthodontic care in just one or two dental visits.
Porcelain veneers are commonly used to address the following dental aesthetics problems:
The best candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from any of the above dental issues, generally on the frontal teeth. We should note that porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment in nature, and as such, the veneers should only be used for aesthetic purposes. If there is a serious dental health matter, that should be addressed using a restorative procedure rather than a cosmetic one.
When you visit our cosmetic dentistry center, we will make sure to consider all of your options for care so that you can achieve a great-looking smile that's healthy as well.
The porcelain veneers procedure begins with the cleaning of a tooth's surface. Your dentist will then remove a small amount of tooth structure in order to accommodate the porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers are very thin, so only a fraction of a millimeter of tooth structure needs to be removed.
When the prepping of the tooth is finished, your dentist will then take an impression of the tooth. The porcelain veneer will be crafted from this impression. When crafted, your dentist will check the veneer for fit before finally adhering it in place on the tooth.
There are many cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry alternatives to porcelain veneers that may be better suited to your dental health needs. For instance, it may make more sense for teeth whitening treatment to be used rather than porcelain veneers. Actual orthodontic care may also be more ideal for a patient's needs. All alternatives to porcelain veneers can be discussed in greater detail during the consultation process.
For more information about instant orthodontics and your many other options for enhanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Mason, OH cosmetic dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent dental health.
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