Many patients don’t realize that they don’t necessarily need to spend years in braces in order to get a straighter smile. In some cases, porcelain veneers can achieve the same effect in a couple of weeks!
Porcelain veneers are only suitable for mildly misaligned teeth, so you should have a cosmetic dentist evaluate your case to see if this treatment would help you achieve your smile goals or whether you might be better served by conventional orthodontic treatment.
If porcelain veneers can be used to create the illusion of a straighter smile for you, the treatment process begins at the initial consultation. The cosmetic dentist will gather pertinent information that is used to influence the design of your veneers, which are custom-crafted to meet your smile’s unique specifications. This may require dental impressions, photographs or X-rays.
You have a significant amount of input in the design of your porcelain veneers. Be upfront with your dentist regarding the shade and shape of your veneers so that you get want you want.
At this initial consultation, your teeth may also be prepped for veneer placement if a thin layer of enamel needs to be removed to make room for the veneers. While waiting for your permanent veneers, you can wear temporary ones to preserve your smile’s appearance.
When the veneers are ready, you’ll return to the dentist’s office to have them adjusted further if you desire and then bonded to your teeth.
After the veneers are bonded to your teeth, their appearance cannot be altered in any way, so it’s important that you are satisfied with the veneers before they are placed on your teeth. Furthermore, if you want to whiten your smile, you should have that treatment done before the veneers are placed, as veneers do not respond to teeth whitening and you want to be sure that the veneers match your biological teeth!
There may be no need to tolerate orthodontic appliances for 18 months or more in order to get a straighter-looking smile. Call our office, Ora Dental Studio, to schedule an evaluation and see whether porcelain veneers might help you get the smile you want!