If you want to have a smile that looks great and its healthiest, the key is to have teeth that are properly aligned and even. This is a sure way to make a lasting positive impression on people. Not everyone is born with a perfect smile, however. In fact, many times people have minor problems with the appearance of their smiles that could be corrected. That’s where instant orthodontics comes into play.
Many people are unaware of instant orthodontics and what the treatment means, so we’d like to go over the issue in brief detail. When you meet with a skilled Orange County cosmetic dentist, you can discuss instant orthodontics at greater length.
What is instant orthodontics?
Instant orthodontics is not orthodontic treatment per se but rather a major innovation in cosmetic dentistry. Instant orthodontics is actually a nickname for porcelain veneers, these thin shells of special dental ceramic that are affixed to the front portions of your teeth. The porcelain veneers are semi-translucent like natural tooth material, meaning that they look great in natural light or artificial light.
Problems That Porcelain Veneers Can Address
Orange County porcelain veneers are a great option to consider for treating the following problems:
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Slightly uneven teeth
- Minor tooth gaps and spacing issues
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Stained teeth
Best Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
The best candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from minor aesthetic flaws in their smile. Since porcelain veneers are only a cosmetic solution, it’s important that patients be in otherwise good dental health. It’s also important for patients to have realistic expectations about porcelain veneers and what they are able to achieve. The porcelain veneers procedure is irreversible, so patients need to make sure that they have a solid understanding of what to expect.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
During the porcelain veneers procedure at our Orange County cosmetic dentistry center, a small amount of tooth structure needs to first be removed from the front of the tooth. This is less than half a millimeter, and is simply done to accommodate the veneer itself. Once the tooth is prepped, an impression is made of the tooth. From this impression, the porcelain veneer is crafted. Once it is created, the porcelain veneer can be affixed in place. Dentists will make final adjustments to the veneer before it is finally adhered.
Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers
While porcelain veneers are great for many cosmetic issues, they are not the only solution out there for effective smile design. For major issues with tooth misalignment, the best option for patients would be to undergo actual orthodontic care. This will improve alignment in more than an aesthetic manner.
For other cosmetic issues with the smile, such as tooth damage and dental stains, some other options that may be helpful include teeth whitening, dental bonding, and dental crowns. We’d be more than happy to discuss all of these options with you during your visit to our practice.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatment Options
For more information about porcelain veneers and your many other options for advanced dental care, be sure to contact our Orange County cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you get the healthy and beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted.