What Patients Should Know About Instant Orthodontics By Byron Wall on September 24, 2013

What Patients Should Know About Instant OrthodonticsIf you want to make great impressions on others and feel your very best, it's imperative that your have a great smile. Not everyone is born with such a smile, but that doesn't mean having one is impossible. There are plenty of options out there in the field of cosmetic dentistry that can make your smile look its absolute best. One such option is instant orthodontics, which you may know better as porcelain veneers.

About Porcelain Dental Veneers

Also referred to as dental veneers, porcelain veneers are thin shells of specially crafted dental ceramic that are designed to fit over the front portions of your teeth. When in place, the porcelain veneers can mask various aesthetic imperfections that may mar your smile's appearance.

Why are porcelain dental veneers called instant orthodontics?

"Instant orthodontics" makes porcelain veneers sound like some kind of quick acting braces. While that's not the case, the results are very dramatic, so much so that it may seem like you've undergone orthodontic care but in reality you've simply received a cosmetic treatment in just a visit or two.

The secret to the great results are the porcelain veneers themselves. They are semi-translucent, meaning that light passes through them in a manner very similar to normal tooth structure. When in place, no matter if you're under natural light or artificial light, very few people will be able to tell that you have veneers in place.

Problems That Porcelain Dental Veneers Can Address

A cosmetic dentist will often use porcelain veneers to address the following dental health issues:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Tooth gaps
  • Crooked teeth

Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Dental Veneers

The best candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from the above aesthetic dental problems. These patients should be in otherwise good health and understand the risks and benefits of treatment.

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry solution, meaning that any serious dental health matters will need to be addressed through restorative or orthodontic treatments.

The Porcelain Dental Veneers Procedure

The first step of the porcelain veneers procedure is the removal of a small amount of tooth structure. This is simply to accommodate the veneer and is just a fraction of a millimeter. An impression is then taken of the tooth from which the final veneer will be crafted. When that permanent veneer is completed, it is then checked for fit and then adhered in place.

Alternatives to Porcelain Dental Veneers

If you are not considered a good candidate for porcelain veneers, there are plenty of other options out there to consider. For tooth stains, teeth whitening may be better. Chips and cracks might be better suited for dental bonding, inlays, onlays, and so forth. For serious cases of malocclusion and crookedness, traditional orthodontic care is often the best option. We'll be more than happy to go over all of these options with you during your visit to the practice.

Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about instant orthodontics treatment as well as your many other options for advanced smile makeovers, be sure to contact our Albuquerque dental care center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible cosmetic dentistry results.

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Dr. Byron W. Wall of Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico has provided greater Albuquerque with advanced services and compassionate dental care since 1983. Our friendly team offers a range of treatments to maximize the impact of your smile. Dr. Wall is affiliated with the:

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  • New Mexico Dental Association
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