Porcelain Veneers for Crooked Teeth
Everyone admires the appearance of a straight smile. Unfortunately, few people have teeth that naturally sit straight and even. It is common for the appearance of the smile to be compromised by crooked teeth, overcrowding, or dental gaps. Many individuals fail to correct these problems because they dread the time and inconvenience associated with traditional orthodontic treatment. Fortunately, porcelain veneers can enhance the smile quickly and effectively.
Porcelain veneers address crooked teeth to give patients a smile that looks straight and unflawed. Cosmetic dentist Jose Valenzuela Jr. is happy to help individuals in Los Algodones, Mexico, Mexicali, and surrounding areas determine if porcelain veneers can give them the straight, attractive smile they desire.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
One of the many advantages of porcelain veneers is that they have widespread applications. Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that sit over the natural teeth to conceal cosmetic flaws such as dental stains, discoloration, minor chips and fractures, dental gaps, and crooked teeth. Since they address so many concerns, porcelain veneers are an ideal treatment for many of our Los Algodones patients, but not all.
The best way for someone to determine if they are a good candidate for porcelain veneers is to undergo a personal consultation. However, in general, as long as an individual has sufficient tooth enamel, good oral health, and moderately straight teeth (meaning that misalignment doesn’t interfere with oral functions), then porcelain veneers should be an effective solution for aesthetic flaws, including crooked or overcrowded teeth.
How Long Does Porcelain Veneers Treatment Take?
Porcelain veneers can address crooked teeth far more quickly than traditional orthodontic treatment, including braces and Invisalignâ. Porcelain veneers treatment can be completed in two dental appointments, which are usually spread apart by just a matter of weeks. These quick results are why so many people prefer porcelain veneers, and also why these restorations are often referred to as “instant orthodontics.”
Individuals who opt to address crooked teeth with porcelain veneers can expect two straightforward and pain-free treatment sessions. The first dental appointment is all about preparation and planning. At this treatment session, Dr. Valenzuela:
- Discusses the patient’s aesthetic goals
- Designs veneers to meet the patient’s unique needs
- Removes a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the teeth (to accommodate veneer placement)
- Takes impressions of the teeth
Treatment is completed at the second dental appointment once the patient’s veneers have been fabricated. At this appointment we:
- Test the fit of the veneers
- Make any necessary alterations to ensure proper fit
- Etch the surface of the teeth to encourage bonding
- Bond the veneers in place
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers are extremely thin and delicate looking restorations, but that does not mean that they are weak or short-lived. As long as veneers are cared for properly, they should last between 10 and 15 years, and possibly longer.
If you want to enjoy a straight smile without undergoing months of orthodontic treatment, you owe it to yourself to consider porcelain veneers. To find out if porcelain veneers treatment is right for you, send us a message online at your earliest convenience, or call (928) 257-3604 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jose Valenzuela Jr.