Many people immediately think of traditional metal braces when they encounter the term “orthodontics,” which might explain why so many adults avoid seeking treatment for their bite and alignment issues. However, thanks to advances in dental technology, it is now possible to make orthodontic corrections more efficiently, discreetly, and comfortably than in the past. At the cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Charles A. Robertson and Dr. N. Perry Orchard, we are pleased to offer a full range of treatments that can dramatically improve both the health and the appearance of our patients’ smiles.
One of the most impressive breakthroughs in orthodontic treatment is Invisalign®, the virtually invisible alternative to traditional metal braces. Drs. Robertson and Orchard proudly offer Invisalign® to patients who do not want to undergo orthodontic treatment with conspicuous metal appliances. Invisalign® produces outstanding results while offering a wealth of cosmetic and oral health benefits that metal braces cannot match.
However, patients with minor bite and alignment issues may also achieve excellent results with porcelain veneers, without having to undergo a lengthy treatment process. Although they are best known for their cosmetic benefits, porcelain veneers can be used to perform what we at our practice in Corpus Christi call “instant orthodontics.” We use this phrase due to the fact that suitable candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers can have more uniform teeth after just a couple of office visits, rather than after several months.
If you would like to find out whether you are a good candidate for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers, we encourage you to contact Dr. Robertson and Dr. Orchard today to schedule your initial consultation.
Porcelain Veneers as an Orthodontic Treatment
Porcelain veneers are dental restorations that are custom-crafted from the highest-quality material. When porcelain veneers are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth, they effectively conceal a wide range of cosmetic flaws, including chips, cracks, and stains. Because they closely resemble natural teeth, porcelain veneers are often the foundation of the most transformative smile makeovers.
However, at our cosmetic dentistry practice, porcelain veneers are commonly used to correct imperfections in the shape and length of teeth, as well as to fill gaps between teeth. When used for these purposes, porcelain veneers help to restore patients’ oral health, helping by strengthening the bite and improving the orientation of teeth.
For example, teeth that do not meet properly due to their inconsistent length can impair a patient’s bite. This problem can be remedied with porcelain veneers. Likewise, teeth that are separated by gaps can be widened to reduce their risk of shifting out of their ideal position. Even somewhat crooked teeth can be adjusted to face forward with porcelain veneers, giving them a more uniform appearance.
Benefits of Instant Orthodontics
At our cosmetic dentistry practice, many patients elect to undergo instant orthodontics because they are attracted by the immediacy of the results. Once the porcelain veneers have been bonded onto the teeth, the treatment is finished. In addition, porcelain veneers are extremely hard wearing and resistant to staining. No other dental material can match porcelain in terms of its resemblance to natural teeth.
It is important to note that not all patients are appropriate candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers. Patients with more extensive orthodontic issues may be better candidates for Invisalign® treatment. However, once this treatment is complete, it is possible to add a beautiful finishing touch with porcelain veneers.
For further information about instant orthodontics, please call or email our cosmetic dentistry practice today.