Porcelain Veneers Are Nicknamed "Instant Orthodontics" for a Reason

Feb 14, 2016 @ 02:12 PM — by Neil L. Starr, DDS

A woman smilingDr. Neil L. Starr is a leading dentist who serves the greater Washington DC area. He offers a host of dental treatments that can make smile look great and be their healthiest.

Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments, offering a versatile solution for many different dental problems. In some circles, porcelain veneers have earned the nickname "instant orthodontics." Let's explain why.

About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are used to address aesthetic flaws that affect your smile. With porcelain veneers in place, patients are able to smile with renewed confidence.

The secret to porcelain veneers is that they are very thin and semi-translucent. Their composition is such that light passes through the veneers in much the same way it would your natural teeth. This means that when they are in place, they blend in seamlessly with your smile. In natural light or artificial light, no one will be able to tell that you have veneers in place.

Dental Problems That Porcelain Veneers Can Treat

Porcelain veneers are great at treating the following problems:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Major stains
  • General tooth discoloration
  • Tooth gaps
  • Poor tooth alignment
  • Smile asymmetry

So long as the problem is predominantly cosmetic in nature, porcelain veneers are a viable treatment to consider. More serious issues affecting dental health will generally require a restorative procedure or another advanced approach to care.

Why "Instant Orthodontics"?

"Instant orthodontics" sounds like a strange nickname for porcelain veneers, but it's actually quite accurate given how effective they are when it comes to full smile makeovers. With a few porcelain veneers in place, your smile will look perfect, as if you have undergone a full orthodontic treatment for several months. Yet with porcelain veneers, the results usually only take two dental visits to achieve.

In essence, porcelain veneers provides a smile makeover and the appearance of orthodontic care in an instant (relatively speaking, of course).

Instant Orthodontics vs. Traditional Orthodontics

Traditional orthodontics is still an important treatment option for people who have teeth that are seriously crooked. When you have teeth that are poorly aligned, it can lead to damage to your other teeth, dental pain, teeth grinding (bruxism), and even TMJ disorders.

As we noted above, instant orthodontics is best for primarily cosmetic flaws, while traditional orthodontics is most ideal for treating these serious dental wellness concerns.

Discussing Your Dental Treatment Options

During your consultation at the practice, we'll be more than happy to go over all of your options for effective dental treatment. We will cover all viable treatment options out there, suggesting alternatives that are less invasive when possible. By allowing patients to make informed choices, we empower them to be more confident in their dental health and total wellness.

Contact Dr. Neil L. Starr

To learn more about porcelain veneers and how they can help you have the beautiful smile that you have always wanted, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. Dr. Neil L. Starr will go over all of your options to help you get a full smile makeover or even a full mouth reconstruction.

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