Patients with narrow arches are often told that they must endure months upon months of orthodontic treatment and sometimes even jaw surgery before achieving the results they desire. Braces may not be necessary in every case, though. Carefully designed veneers may be able to do the trick.
Our Chicago cosmetic dentist can improve your smile without subjecting you to a lengthy stint with braces. Thin porcelain restoration devices known as veneers can have a dramatic effect in a drastically reduced timeframe.
Using veneers, a cosmetic dentist can create an illusion of a wider arch of upper teeth. This can be necessary when the rear teeth angle inward excessively. The porcelain shells can be bonded to the rear teeth to bring them out.
Veneers can be placed in a matter of weeks. In fact, the process generally is completed in just two appointments. At the first session, your cosmetic dentist may prepare the teeth for veneer placement by removing a thin layer of enamel from the teeth to accommodate the veneers. However, for cases in which ultra-thin veneers can be used, this step may be unnecessary. The dentist also will take impressions of your teeth at this first appointment.
Those impressions are sent to the dental laboratory that makes the veneers, and the veneers are generally ready within a week or two. At the patient’s second trip to the dental office, the dentist makes any additional adjustments that are necessary and bonds the veneers to the teeth.
Compare that timeline with that of braces and surgery, which can last for more than two years for some patients. For this reason, veneers are sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics.”
In addition to their quick turnaround, veneers also offer the benefit of being durable. When cared for properly, veneers may last a decade or longer.
If you are troubled by your narrow smile, contact our cosmetic dentistry team at 312-328-9007 to see if veneers would be an effective intervention in your case.