Problems that affect the appearance of your smile can lead to a number of issues that impact your self-esteem as well as your well being. Here at Gulch Dental Studio, we always strive to develop custom dental care solutions for patients. We want to give the people of Nashville a reason to smile.
Porcelain veneers have proven to be both effective and versatile in treating a number of issues. We'd like to consider how porcelain veneers work and why they've earned a reputation as "instant orthodontics" among dentists as well as patients.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are affixed to the fronts of the teeth. When a porcelain veneer is in place, it masks cosmetic imperfections from view, helping your smile look pristine and perfect in the process.
Porcelain veneers are semi-transluscent, which means that light passes through them much like natural tooth structure. When in place, it's very difficult to notice if a tooth has been masked with a porcelain veneer or not.
Dental Problems Porcelain Veneers Can Treat
Porcelain veneers are excellent for treating the following aesthetic flaws:
- Dental stains
- Tooth discoloration
- Twisting or minor misalignment
- Issues with size
- Smile asymmetry
It's not uncommon for porcelain veneers to be used to address multiple flaws at once, allowing for a full smile makeover to be achieved through the use of porcelain veneers alone.
Why the Nickname "Instant Orthodontics"?
Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as instant orthodontics because they are able to achieve results that are comparable to orthodontic care in a relative instant.
Full orthodontic treatment will require months of work to achieve final results. Such is the nature of the careful application of force to the teeth. This is a gradual shift in dental alignment, or in reshaping the dental arch, and the results take time.
With porcelain veneers, the results of treatment are achieved in just two dental visits roughly one week apart. That's much faster than traditional orthodontic care. In some cases, people may assume you underwent orthodontic treatment to have a smile that looks so great.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Compare to Traditional Orthodontics?
While porcelain veneers are effective for many issues, they are not a replacement for orthodontic care. When a person's teeth are severely misaligned and this malocclusion has an impact on dental health, orthodontic care is the sure way to improve the appearance of the smile and address any underlying issues with wellness. Porcelain veneers simply cannot accomplish the same results given their nature.
Are Porcelain Veneers the Right Option for Me?
The best way to learn if porcelain veneers are the right option for you and your needs is to visit our practice for a consultation. During your visit, we will be sure to assess your dental health and consider all treatment options that may be helpful. If porcelain veneers are not an ideal option, we can discuss many other alternatives that may be helpful.
Contact Gulch Dental Studio
For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can help you smile with renewed confidence, be sure to contact Gulch Dental Studio today. Our team looks forward to your visit and helping you smile with renewed confidence.