When the teeth are crooked, overcrowded, or gapped, it can make patients feel self-conscious about the appearance of the smile. Unfortunately, most patients do not want to undergo the extensive orthodontic treatment to get straighter teeth. However, there are alternative treatments to consider, such as porcelain veneers, which conceal cosmetic imperfections.
Instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers is the fastest way to address minor misalignment problems and enhance the appearance of the smile. Dr. Robert W. Hessberger is happy to offer this cosmetic dentistry treatment at his Chicago, IL dental practice.
Not all patients are ideal candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers. This is a strictly cosmetic dental treatment. During the treatment process, the position of the teeth or jaw never actually changes. Porcelain veneers simply cover up the natural teeth to conceal misalignment problems and other cosmetic imperfections.
If alignment problems are primarily aesthetic in nature and have not compromised the health or function of the teeth and smile, then instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers may be a good treatment option. However, more moderate to severe malocclusion problems that affect the health or function of the smile will best be addressed through traditional orthodontic treatment methods.
The Treatment Process
Instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers involves a treatment process that typically requires two dental appointments scheduled a few weeks apart.
The first dental appointment is all about preparation and planning. Dr. Hessberger will need to remove a very small layer of tooth enamel at this appointment to ensure that the completed porcelain veneers fit properly and sit flush with any natural teeth. After preparing the teeth for the placement of porcelain veneers, we will take molds which will be used to create a wax mock-up of the smile.
Dr. Hessberger carefully plans out each set of veneers, taking into account shape, size, and color. He will ensure that the patient is satisfied with his plans before sending these and the wax mock-up off to the dental laboratory.
The final step of this first dental appointment will be placing a temporary set of veneers so that the patient’s teeth are protected while they wait for their final veneers to be completed.
Once we have received the permanent porcelain veneers, a second dental appointment will be scheduled. At this appointment, we will test the fit of the veneers and make any necessary final adjustments. When we are satisfied that the veneers will fit properly, we will bond them to the natural teeth.
The bonding process is quick and pain-free. After the bonding agent has hardened, it strengthens the natural teeth and allows the patient to enjoy a full range of oral functions. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years.
Benefits of Instant Orthodontics
For those who are ideal candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers, there are clear benefits to this treatment method. Some of the most obvious advantages of porcelain veneers include:
- Patients can enjoy straighter teeth in a fraction of the time required for typical orthodontic treatments
- Porcelain veneers simultaneously address other cosmetic flaws, such as chips, cracks, and discoloration
- Patients can avoid the need for frequent dental check-ups and adjustments, as required during braces treatment
- After treatment, patients can easily brush and floss their teeth as they have done before
If you have a smile that you think could benefit from instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers, contact us at your earliest convenience. Dr. Robert W. Hessberger will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this cosmetic dentistry treatment, as well as let you know if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure.