Why Porcelain Veneers Are Considered Instant Orthodontics

Instant Orthodontics Porcelain Veneers Woodinville

Apr 8, 2015 — by Cristin Dowd, DDS
Tags: Porcelain Veneers Cosmetic Dentistry Smile Makeover

A smiling womanThe team at Signature Smiles has helped countless patients in and around the Woodinville region achieve excellent dental health and wellness. We can also help patients get the smiles of their dreams thanks to porcelain veneers, an essential part of cosmetic dentistry and smile makeover treatment.

We'd like to use this blog post to go over some of the basics of porcelain veneers and explain why some dentists have nicknamed this treatment option "instant orthodontics."

About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are affixed to the fronts of people's teeth. These thin shells are able to mask a number of dental problems from view and blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth structure, allowing patients to experience a full cosmetic dentistry makeover of their smile.

The Types of Dental Problems That Porcelain Veneers Can Treat

Porcelain veneers are ideal for treating the following cosmetic dental problems:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • General tooth discoloration
  • Spots and dental stains
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor dental misalignments

Given the versatility of porcelain veneers, a full smile makeover is possible using porcelain veneers alone.

How long does porcelain veneers treatment take?

Porcelain veneers treatment can be performed in just two dental visits that occur roughly a week or so apart. That's right—your smile can have your smile enhanced in just two visits to the dentist.

The fact that all of the dental problems listed above can be treated effectively in just two visits to the dentist is the reason that porcelain veneers are considered instant orthodontics by many dental care professionals.

Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

The best candidates for porcelain veneers are people who experience predominantly cosmetic/aesthetic flaws with their smiles. They should be in otherwise good dental health. Patients should also have realistic expectations about the nature of treatment and be committed to good at-home dental care going forward. This will help ensure that the porcelain veneers last for years to come.

The Porcelain Veneers Procedure

In order to place porcelain veneers, a small amount of your natural tooth structure needs to be removed. This is less than a millimeter of the enamel layer of your teeth, which helps accommodate the veneer. An impression is then taken of the prepped tooth. It is from this impression that the porcelain veneers are crafted at a dental lab. While waiting for the custom veneers to be made, temporary veneers will be placed on the teeth.

When the custom porcelain veneers are completed, the dental lab sends them back to the practice and the patient returns. The temporary veneers are removed, and a final check is done for the proper fit and color match of the finished porcelain veneers before they are securely adhered in place.

Are porcelain veneers ideal for me?

Porcelain veneers may be the right option for you and your needs, though it depends on a number of factors. During a consultation at our practice, we will be able to go over porcelain veneers and alternatives treatments in greater detail.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Porcelain Veneers

To learn more about porcelain veneers and how they can help you have the beautiful smile that you have always wanted to have, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here at Signature Smiles looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve optimal dental health and wellness.

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