While many people may desire a beautiful smile, not many people want to undergo the various dental procedures that can create this smile. This is more than understandable, especially considering the simple fact that many people lead busy lives and don’t have time to commit to lengthy dental procedures. Luckily, there are still ways to obtain a beautiful smile and spend less time in the dental chair.
One way to achieve this feat is to opt for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are ultra thin shells that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve the look of your smile. They can be used on a single imperfect tooth or multiple teeth. They can be placed in as little as two dental appointments and will last for years after that. Additionally, the placement procedure is conservative, meaning that there is no need to take time from work or school to recover.
Not only that, but porcelain veneers save you time by correcting multiple issues at once. In this way, you will not have to undergo many different treatments to obtain your perfect smile. Porcelain veneers can fix five things at once, including:
The shape of your teeth directly affects the overall look of your smile. Teeth that are oddly shaped, too pointy, too flat, or too narrow can be detrimental to the appearance of your smile. In these cases, porcelain veneers can be used to add dimension, soften lines, and just improve the overall contour of individual teeth.
Porcelain veneers can also alter the size of teeth. This is especially helpful in cases where the teeth may be unevenly sized. This is because veneers can be customized so that each one is a different size. That way, they can be applied to unevenly sized teeth to make them look like they are all the same size.Veneers also be beneficial for those with gummy smiles that make their teeth appear smaller than normal.
The way your teeth are spaced also contributes to the overall look of your smile. Porcelain veneers can make the spaces between your teeth even, and can even address spacing issues such as gaps and overlapping teeth. To eliminate gaps, the veneers used on either side of the gap may be slightly larger than the natural teeth in order to cover the gap. Overlapping teeth may also be able to be treated with veneers, depending on the individual case.
Porcelain veneers can be used to correct certain cases of crooked teeth. Although veneers are not capable of changing the alignment of teeth, they can be placed over crooked teeth to give the illusion of a straighter, more aligned smile. However, there are certain cases where your cosmetic dentist may suggest orthodontic treatment instead.
Porcelain veneers can also lighten the color of your smile by covering up discolored teeth caused by years of stains. However, the results will last much longer than those obtained by professional whitening treatments. This is because porcelain can resist even the most stubborn of stains, keeping your teeth looking brighter for longer.
In as little as two dental appointments, porcelain veneers can completely make over your smile by improving the shape, size, spacing, alignment, and color of your teeth. This allows you to obtain a beautiful smile without having to spend too much time in the dental chair. If you are considering a smile makeover, let porcelain veneers create your perfect smile.
Dr. Paul H. Kim obtained his dental doctoral degree at the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2002. Upon graduation, he worked at a multi-specialty dental office in Los Angeles as an associate doctor until he opened his own dental practice in 2005. He has taught at UCLA Dental School as a clinical instructor. He has post-graduate training in implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and sedation dentistry. He is an active member of several dental organizations, and he is currently teaching other doctors to provide quality dental services to their patients. He is passionate about helping people achieve great and confident smiles and good oral health.