Crooked teeth can be a real threat to your appearance and your self-confidence. While crooked teeth are most often corrected with orthodontics, you may have another alternative. For certain individuals, porcelain veneers can be used instead of braces to address crooked or gapped teeth. There are some important factors to consider, but you’ll be pleased to know the benefits of veneers when it comes to “instant orthodontics” if you should qualify.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that involves bonding a wafer-thin shell of porcelain to the front surface of your teeth. They are used on the front teeth and can hide a wide range of imperfections, such as chips, stains and gaps as well as uneven and crooked teeth. Veneers require that a small portion of your natural tooth structure be shaved off, which makes it an irreversible procedure but one that can drastically and permanently improve your smile appearance.
When Porcelain Veneers Can and Can’t Take the Place of Braces
When considering porcelain veneers to address crooked or gapped teeth, it is important to remember that veneers don’t actually move teeth like orthodontics. Instead, they cover up or hide the empty spaces and poorly aligned teeth. Veneers take two short office visits and produce instant results of a straighter-looking smile. Braces, on the other hand, require months or years in treatment to progressively move your teeth into ideal position.
You may qualify for veneers as instant orthodontics if you:
- Have minor gaps between front teeth
- Have a crooked tooth or teeth in the front of your smile
- Want whiter and/or bigger teeth
- Do NOT have malocclusion (bad bite)
- Do NOT have dental health issues associated with overlapping teeth
Determine Your Candidacy
Could you skip the discomfort, expense and time in braces and opt for porcelain veneers instead? Contact Marietta Dental Professionals today to learn your options for a straighter, more confident smile.