There are many different treatments that can make a major impact on your overall appearance. Getting the right treatment for your needs means meeting with a cosmetic dentist and undergoing a consultation to determine the best course of action.
One treatment option may be able to do it all, however. It's been nicknamed “instant orthodontics,” though you may know it better as porcelain veneers. Let's take a moment right now to consider what porcelain veneers are and how they can help you achieve all of your goals with regard to dental wellness.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are affixed to the front facing portions of the teeth. When in place, the porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable, blending in seamlessly with your smile. The secret is that porcelain veneers are semi-translucent, much like the natural structure of a tooth. They look just like normal tooth structure, whether in natural light or artificial light.
Porcelain veneers are ideal for treating the following dental problems:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Stained teeth
- Tooth gaps
- Crooked teeth
Why are they nicknamed instant orthodontics?
Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as instant orthodontics because the results can be quite dramatic, as if a person has undergone actual orthodontic treatment. The difference is that getting porcelain veneers takes about two dental visits whereas orthodontic care requires several months. Hence the nickname, which makes a lot of sense given the context.
Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
The best candidates for porcelain veneers are people suffering from aesthetic problems with the appearance of their smile. These patients should be in otherwise good dental health and have realistic expectations about the porcelain veneers process and what it can achieve.
What to Expect from the Porcelain Veneers Placement Process
During the porcelain veneers treatment process, a small amount of tooth structure is carefully removed from the front portion of the tooth. An impression is then taken of this prepped tooth. It's from this prepped tooth that the final porcelain veneer will be crafted.
Once the porcelain veneer is ready, it is checked one last time for color match and fit. Final adjustments to the porcelain veneer are made (if necessary) prior to it being adhered in place.
Porcelain Veneers After Care
Caring for porcelain veneers is easy and simply involves good dental hygiene. These five rules are great to keep in mind:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
- Floss at least every night (ideally after every meal)
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular exams
- Do not chew on object you shouldn't (e.g., pen caps, fingernails)
- Avoid substances that can stain the teeth (e.g., cigarettes, chewing tobacco)
Porcelain Veneers and Full Smile Makeover Treatment
It's not unheard of for porcelain veneers to be used in combination with other treatments to achieve excellent aesthetic results. We can go over all of these options for smile makeover care in greater detail during your consultation.
Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry Options
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers and your many other options for advanced dental care, be sure to contact our Decatur cosmetic dentistry center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you get the smile that you have always wanted.