Not everyone can be born with a perfect smile, but that’s where dentists like Dr. Edward Lorents and Dr. Evelyn Lorents can help. Using the latest innovations in cosmetic and restorative dentistry as well as orthodontics, the team at Dental Arts Center can address a whole host of dental problems.
If you have teeth that are poorly shaped, porcelain veneers may be an ideal treatment option to give you a total smile makeover. The team at our Oklahoma City, OK family dentistry center would like to consider the problems caused by misshaped teeth and why porcelain veneers may be the right option for you.
Problems Caused by Misshaped Teeth
If you have teeth that are misshaped or poorly formed, they can cause a host of problems that affect smile aesthetics and overall dental health.
On the cosmetic side of things, misshaped teeth can leave you feeling extremely self-conscious about the look of your smile. This can make you hesitant to laugh, speak, and smile, even around people you have known for many years.
In terms of dental health, misshaped teeth can cause problems with the alignment of your bite, making it difficult to eat certain foods. Poor dental alignment may contribute to teeth grinding (bruxism), TMJ disorders, and other problems down the road.
How Porcelain Veneers Work
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are affixed to the fronts of the teeth. With porcelain veneers in place, the cosmetic flaws of a smile can be masked. This helps a person’s teeth look properly aligned, uniformly shaped, and free from all kinds of aesthetic flaws.
Good Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Good candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from cosmetic flaws affecting their smile. Since veneers are cosmetic in nature, they will not be ideal for treating structural flaws of a tooth or problems with orthodontic alignment.
Porcelain veneers are versatile, which means they can treat the following kinds of cosmetic dental flaws:
- Misshaped teeth
- Uneven smiles
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Tooth stains/discoloration
- Tooth gaps
- Twisted teeth
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
The misshaped tooth must first be prepped for a veneer. This process will involve the removal of just a bit of the surface enamel, usually under 1mm. This helps accommodate the veneer. An impression is taken of the prepped tooth and sent to a dental lab, which will create a custom veneer that fits properly and matches the color of the surrounding teeth. Dentists will check this veneer for fit and made adjustments as necessary before it is adhered in place.
The Results of Porcelain Veneers
Thanks to porcelain veneers, people will be able to smile with confidence. The material of the porcelain veneers blends in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. In natural light or artificial light, no one will notice that you have veneers in place. You can smile, bite, chew, and speak naturally, and since the results look natural, people will think you’ve always had a great-looking smile.
Alternatives to Veneers for Misshaped Teeth
If you have misshaped teeth that cannot be treated with porcelain veneers, you will likely need to have dental crowns placed or undergo orthodontic treatment. Dental crowns are caps that can conceal a tooth and provide optimal shape and structure. Orthodontic care can improve the position of the teeth, which can go a long way toward resolving issues with tooth shape.
These alternatives to porcelain veneers can be discussed in greater detail during the consultation process.
Contact Dental Arts Center
For more information about porcelain veneers and whether or not they are right for you, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. Our dentists are here to help. You can reach Dental Arts Center by phone at (405) 769-3373.