Although porcelain veneers are well known for their extraordinary cosmetic properties, they are actually among the more versatile treatments in all of dentistry. At the general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Steven M. Balloch, porcelain veneers can be placed on one or two teeth to conceal aesthetic flaws such as cracks, chips, or stains, or they can be combined with other cosmetic dentistry treatments as part of a comprehensive smile makeover plan. However, they can also be used to perform what Dr. Balloch and his team refer to as “instant orthodontics.”
For suitable candidates, instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers at our Hartford dental practice can be as effective as more traditional orthodontic treatments. The greatest benefit of instant orthodontics as that the treatment is, as the name suggests, instant; the results are immediate, saving patients valuable time. Candidates emerge from treatment with straight, uniform smiles in just a couple of office visits spaced over no more than two weeks rather than multiple office visits spaced over a year or possibly longer.
Are you a good candidate for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers? There is only one way to find out for sure. We encourage you to meet with our esteemed, experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Steven M. Balloch, for a one-on-one, confidential consultation at your earliest convenience.
How can porcelain veneers be used as an orthodontic treatment?
If you are like most people, you probably think of porcelain veneers as a strictly cosmetic treatment, and in most cases, that’s precisely what they are. However, veneers can also be used to correct imperfections in the shape, size, and alignment of teeth, and this is exactly what makes them valuable as orthodontic tools.
For example, porcelain veneers can be affixed to:
- Teeth that are too narrow: When porcelain veneers are bonded to the surfaces of teeth that are too narrow, they can close small gaps between teeth. Doing so can help to prevent the teeth from drifting out of their optimal positions and into the gaps. This in turn can help to protect the strength and integrity of the bite.
- Teeth that are too short or that are inconsistent in length: The strength of the bite depends on the upper and lower teeth meeting properly when the mouth is closed. Porcelain veneers can help this to happen by lengthening teeth that are too short and making sure that all teeth are consistent in length.
- Teeth that are slightly crooked: Porcelain veneers can be custom crafted to improve the orientation of front teeth that are not facing in the optimal direction, making them appear more forward facing.
In addition to improving the bite and making teeth more uniform, porcelain veneers also improve the appearance of the teeth. Dr. Balloch provides patients with porcelain veneers that are crafted to complement surrounding natural teeth in terms of their size, shape, color, and even texture to ensure the most natural and aesthetically pleasing results possible.
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To learn more about instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers, please contact the cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Steven M. Balloch today.