Instantly Straighten Your Teeth with Porcelain Veneers

Instant Orthodontics - New York

Jun 8, 2015 — by Ernest Robertson D.D.S.
Tags: Porcelain Veneers Cosmetic Dentistry

Close-up of beautiful brown-eyed womanIf you have one or two crooked teeth, you naturally desire a straighter smile. At the same time, however, you may feel that the problem is not severe enough to merit months or years of orthodontic care. At the Harlem Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, we may have the solution. Porcelain veneers can instantly conceal your misaligned teeth. The treatment involves no discomfort, and we can typically attach veneers in a single appointment. However, veneers are not the right solution for everyone. After a complete instant orthodontics evaluation at our New York practice, we will recommend the treatment that is right for you.

How Veneers Can Correct Crooked Teeth

Veneers will not actually straighten your misaligned teeth. Rather, they will form a new façade for your smile, covering up your slightly rotated or overlapping teeth. They can also close small gaps between your teeth. However, veneers cannot address your overall dental alignment, and they cannot correct the force of your bite.

The Veneers Application Process

When performing cosmetic treatments, our team pays close attention to the details. With our great precision, we can ensure that your veneers are virtually identical to your natural dental enamel. Before applying veneers, your dentist will carefully prep your teeth. By removing a very thin layer of enamel, we can create more room for the porcelain. This ensures that the veneers will lie flat against your teeth. Your teeth will be numb during this process, so you should experience only a sense of mild pressure.

Once your teeth are prepped, we will take impressions of your teeth. These models, along with photos of your smile, will be sent to our partner dental lab. Within about two weeks, the technicians will craft your custom veneers. While you wait, you will wear temporary veneers. When the final veneers are finished, we will apply them with dental cement. The thin shells of porcelain will cover up your crooked teeth for a straight, seamless smile.

Are Veneers the Right Solution for You?

Veneers can be a great option if you have several slightly or moderately crooked teeth. They may be an especially good choice if you want to address additional concerns at the same time. For example, veneers can conceal stains, cracks, chips, and worn edges. They can also enhance teeth that have an unusual shape or size.

You must also meet several health criteria to qualify for veneers. First, you must have structurally sound teeth and no untreated gum disease. You should also have enough dental enamel. If you have suffered significant tooth erosion, your dentist may not be able to prep your teeth for veneers placement.

Veneers are only suitable for cosmetic improvement. If you have severely crooked teeth, an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or similar concern, they are not an appropriate solution. Fortunately, we offer additional orthodontic treatments that will yield more comprehensive results. These treatments include:

  • Traditional braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisalign®
  • 3M™ Incognito™ Hidden Braces

Your dentist will work with you to determine the right treatment for your health needs, budget, and lifestyle.

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With porcelain veneers, you could enjoy a straighter smile almost instantly. Contact us today to learn more about this treatment and find out if it is right for you.

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