If you've ever wanted to have a beautiful, bright smile, there are plenty of ways to go about it. This is good to know since not everyone can be born with a million dollar smile. By meeting with a skilled cosmetic dentist, all of your options for smile enhancement and aesthetic improvement can be met.
There's one particular treatment option that has proven so popular and effective that some have called it "instant orthodontics." We're speaking, of course, about porcelain veneers. Let's take a moment right now to explore porcelain veneers and how they may be of great benefit to you.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are specially crafted to meet the needs of patients. These veneers are super thin and semi-translucent. This means that light will pass through them just like your natural teeth. Whether you're indoors or outdoors, under sunlight, moonlight, or artificial light, your smile will look totally natural and the porcelain veneers won't be detectable at all.
Why are porcelain veneers considered "instant orthodontics"?
The reason that porcelain veneers have been called "instant orthodontics" is because the results can be as dramatic as orthodontic treatment. The best thing, however, is that there are absolutely no brackets, wires, or bands involved in treatment, and porcelain veneers can be placed in just a visit or two.
Dental Problems That Porcelain Veneers Can Fix
Porcelain veneers are an ideal solution for the following dental health issues:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Stained teeth
- Tooth gaps
- Crooked teeth
- Uneven teeth
The Best Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
The best candidates for porcelain veneers are people who are suffering from the above dental health issues. They should be in otherwise good dental health and not suffer from any serious dental problems that may require restorative care.
If a patient suffer from serious chips, cracks, malocclusion, or misalignment, porcelain veneers will not be a viable option for care. In those cases, traditional restorative treatments (e.g., dental crowns, inlays, onlays) or traditional orthodontic care will be better suited for the needs of the patient. All of these options can be discussed at length during your consultation.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
Once a patient is deemed a good candidate for care, his or her teeth are carefully cleaned. Next, a fraction of a millimeter of tooth structure is removed in order to accommodate the veneer. An impression is taken of this prepared tooth and from this impression a final porcelain veneer will be crafted. This final veneer is checked for fit before it is finally adhered securely in place.
Taking Care of Your Porcelain Veneers
Care for your porcelain veneers is crucial and yet simple:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss at least once a day
- Visit your dentist twice a year
- Don't chew things you shouldn't chew
Following those above tips will help keep your porcelain veneers looking great for years and years to come.
Find Out More About Porcelain Dental Veneers
To learn more about porcelain veneers as well as your many other options out there for advanced smile makeover treatments, be sure to contact our Ridgewood dental care center today. The entire team here is eager to meet you in person and help you get the smile of your dreams.