The team at Dental Arts Center believes in helping patients smile with confidence. We've helped countless people throughout the Oklahoma City area by creating custom smile enhancing solutions that meet their health and wellness needs.
When it comes to improving the look of a smile, porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile options we have. They've earned a reputation for being "instant orthodontics". Let's explain why porcelain veneers got this reputation and how they compare to traditional orthodontics.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are used to conceal cosmetic flaws from view. To place porcelain veneers, a small amount of tooth structure is removed from the front of the tooth. An impression is then taken of that prepped tooth. From this impression, a porcelain veneer can be crafted at a dental lab to match the color of your adjacent teeth. The porcelain veneer fits over the tooth, masking cosmetic flaws from view.
Aesthetic Flaws Porcelain Veneers Can Treat
Porcelain veneers are extremely versatile, and are a cornerstone of many smile makeover treatments. Dentists often use porcelain veneers to treat the following problems:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Dental stains
- Tooth discoloration
- Tooth gaps
- Crooked teeth
- Tooth asymmetry
- Problems with tooth size
Why "Instant Orthodontics"?
Porcelain veneers have been nicknamed "instant orthodontics" because of the nature of the results. You see, porcelain veneers blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth structure. Light passes through the veneers slightly, much like natural tooth structure. Whether you're in natural light or artificial light, no one will suspect that you have porcelain veneers in place.
Ultimately, the results of getting porcelain veneers can be so dramatic that it seems like you've undergone orthodontic treatment. Instead, you simple underwent a cosmetic dentistry procedure that required just two dental visits spaced one week apart. Compared to actual orthodontics, that's a relative instant.
Good Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Good candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from cosmetic problems that impact the appearance of their smile. They should be in otherwise good dental health. It's also important that patients understand the risks and benefits of getting porcelain veneers and what the process entails.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Traditional Orthodontics
While porcelain veneers are an excellent option for minor cosmetic issues, they are not intended to be a substitute for traditional orthodontic care. When tooth alignment, crowding, and spacing issues have a negative impact on the look of your smile as well as your overall dental health, that's when traditional orthodontics is a more ideal option to consider.
During a consultation at our practice, we can discuss which option may be better for your current dental health needs.
Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?
The best way to find out if porcelain veneers are ideal for you is to visit our practice for a consultation. We can assess your situation and recommend a whole host of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry procedures that may be ideal for you and your needs. By tailoring dental treatments to those needs, we can do the most good for our patients.
Contact Dental Arts Center
If you are interested in porcelain veneers and would like more information on how they can help you have a great-looking smile, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist today. Our team looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in greater detail.