If you want to have a smile that looks healthy and great, it's important for you to have teeth that are straight and properly aligned. Not everyone is born with a perfect smile, of course. It's for this reason that many people come to visit an Orland Park cosmetic dentist. Doing so means learning about different solutions for advanced dental care. One potential solution is instant orthodontics. Many people have misconceptions about what instant orthodontics is and what it entails. We'd like to take a moment right now to look at the basics of instant orthodontics so you know what to expect.
What is instant orthodontics?
Instant orthodontics refers to the use of porcelain veneers (aka dental veneers) to achieve a perfect-looking smile. These are thin shells of ceramic material that are affixed to the front portions of the teeth.
What should I know about porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are an extremely effective cosmetic option for a number of different dental problems. Porcelain veneers are ideal for addressing the following dental problems:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Tooth gaps
- Uneven teeth
- Dental stains/discoloration
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic solution in nature, so serious dental problems affecting dental health need to be addressed through the use of other dental care solutions.
Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
The best candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from aesthetic dental problems but are in otherwise good dental health. These candidates for porcelain veneers should have realistic expectations about what porcelain veneers can achieve. During your visit to our cosmetic dentistry practice in Orland Park, we'll determine if porcelain veneers are the best option for you and your needs.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
The first step of the Orland Park porcelain veneers procedure is to clean your teeth thoroughly. Once the cleaning is complete, a small amount of tooth material is then removed from the front portion of the tooth. This is in order to accommodate the veneer. An impression is taken of the prepped tooth and then crafted. When the porcelain veneer is ready, it is then fitted and affixed to the front of the tooth.
Alternatives to Instant Orthodontics
Not everyone is a good candidate for porcelain veneers, and a lot of this will depend on the severity of the dental problem that needs to be addressed. In some cases, for instance, undergoing a teeth whitening treatment may prove better for a patient than getting porcelain veneers. The same goes for tooth bonding treatment rather than porcelain veneers.
For serious tooth misalignment problems and malocclusion, undergoing actual orthodontic treatment rather than getting porcelain veneers would be more ideal. The best possible treatment will be determined during the consultation process.
Learn More About Advanced Smile Makeovers
For more information about all of your smile makeover options and how we can help you get a smile that looks great, be sure to contact our Orland Park cosmetic dentistry center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible choices regarding the health and aesthetics of your smile.