When people are bothered by crooked or misaligned teeth, they often assume that orthodontic treatment is the only way to enjoy the straight smile they desire. For many, there is actually a faster and more convenient option. Porcelain veneers address crooked teeth and can create the appearance of a straight, white, uniform smile.
Individuals in the Cathedral City, CA, area who are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers can work with dentist Bruno Lemay at Desert Dental Alternatives. Let’s explore how porcelain veneers can straighten your smile.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are cosmetic restorations that are applied to the front surface of the teeth. These restorations are extremely thin shells of ceramic material. At roughly the thickness of a contact lens, they are able to conceal the natural teeth without looking artificial or out of place.
Porcelain veneers improve the appearance of teeth that are blemished by chips, cracks, fractures, dental stains, discoloration, or minor alignment problems.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Treat Crooked Teeth?
Porcelain veneers do not physically move the teeth, change their position, or improve the bite. Instead, porcelain veneers treat minor to moderately crooked teeth by concealing the natural teeth and creating the appearance of a straight, white, and unflawed smile.
Cathedral City patients who are considering porcelain veneers for their crooked teeth should understand that they are a cosmetic solution. Veneers are not a substitute for necessary orthodontic care.
Porcelain Veneers Candidacy
Porcelain veneers address a wide range of aesthetic flaws, so they are a suitable solution for many who are trying to enhance the appearance of their smile. However, as far as crooked teeth are concerned, porcelain veneers candidacy is a little more limited.
Because porcelain veneers do not actually fix the teeth or correct misalignment problems, they are only suitable for individuals with minor to moderate malocclusion. In other words, if orthodontic concerns are superficial (or cosmetic), porcelain veneers are a suitable treatment. If alignment issues interfere with oral health, then patients are better candidates for orthodontic treatment, such as braces or Invisalign®.
How Fast Is Porcelain Veneers Treatment?
Whereas traditional orthodontic treatment takes an average of 12 to 18 months, porcelain veneers allow people to enjoy a straight, attractive smile in just a matter of weeks.
Porcelain veneers treatment is completed in two dental appointments. The first appointment is dedicated to preparing the teeth and taking impressions to create the custom veneers. The second appointment takes place a few weeks later when the permanent porcelain veneers are complete. At this appointment, the fit is tested and veneers are bonded in place.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers provide patients with fast, long-lasting results. Porcelain veneers bond to the teeth, so they are strong enough to endure the usual wear and tear of biting and chewing. As long as a person practices good oral hygiene and avoids damaging dental habits, they should be able to enjoy their porcelain veneers for 15 years or more.
Get More Information About Veneers
If you’d like more information about porcelain veneers and the treatment process, Dr. Bruno Lemay would be happy to provide it. To get in touch with our dental staff, send us a message online at your earliest convenience, or call us in Cathedral City at (760) 324-4450.