Porcelain veneers are one of the most innovative services in cosmetic dentistry. They involve a simple, non-invasive process but deliver dramatic results. Porcelain veneers are commonly used in patients who want a full smile makeover. In just two office visits, you could have the Hollywood smile you’ve always wanted. You may be well-aware of the fact that veneers can improve teeth that are stained, chipped, gapped or uneven, but did you know that porcelain veneers can address crooked teeth too? Before you cancel your orthodontic treatment plan to get dental veneers, you should have a clear understanding about when and how veneers are used as “instant orthodontics.”
How Veneers Work
To better understand how veneers can improve crooked teeth, you must know how veneers are placed. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are placed on the front surface of your teeth. They are only used on the teeth that show when you smile. This is important. Porcelain veneers are never used to actually move your teeth into better alignment, they are purely cosmetic and only able to “cover up” what lies beneath. For some patients, this is enough, and veneers are a perfect solution. Veneers are successful for those that have a wide gap between their two front teeth or a few teeth that are slightly crooked. In such cases, dental bonding may not be enough to address their imperfection, but veneers certainly can.
When Veneers Should Not Be an Orthodontic Substitute
There are situations in which veneers are not best for crooked, spaced or crowded teeth. If you have a severe bite misalignment that is causing jaw discomfort or crowding that is creating tight spaces within your smile that is difficult to keep clean, veneers won’t solve your problem. In such cases, you may need proper orthodontic treatment (Invisalign, braces, etc) to actually move your teeth into better position.
Are Veneers Right for You?
The only surefire way to determine if porcelain veneers are your answer for a more confident smile is to let a dentist evaluate you. At Gainesville Dental Group, we have a talented cosmetic dentist who can determine your candidacy for veneers. Veneers are certainly one of the most life-changing solutions in cosmetic dentistry, but they should never come at the cost of your smile health or smile comfort.
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