When patients realize their teeth are not properly aligned and are impacting the appearance of their smile, they may be worried about bringing it to the attention of their dentist for fear of being recommended for braces. Traditional orthodontics involve metal brackets and wires that are glued to the teeth to reposition them over the course of months and sometimes years. Instead, the team at Galleria Dental Aesthetics in McLean, VA may encourage patients to ask about the advantages of instant orthodontics, achieved with porcelain veneers.
What is orthodontia?
Orthodontia is a treatment method used to realign the smile. While some cases may still benefit from traditional braces or even clear ones such as Invisalign, minor misalignments of the natural teeth near the front of the mouth can be addressed with porcelain veneers. This type of “instant orthodontics” is a faster way of achieving the same look without having to undergo months of treatment.
Porcelain veneers are ceramic facings that are custom-made for patients to bond over the front of a natural tooth. These restorations are a wonderful solution for not only misaligned teeth, but misshapen teeth, broken teeth, or even permanently discolored teeth. Porcelain veneers can make the smile look perfectly aligned as they are strategically placed over misaligned teeth. Patients can share their smiles with others without feeling self-conscious about their appearance.
The process of obtaining porcelain veneers
Once patients have been determined to be an appropriate candidate for porcelain veneers as instant orthodontics, preparations are made with the removal of a portion of the enamel. Impressions are created and sent to a laboratory that fabricates the new veneers. Within a few weeks, the restorations are returned to the dental office and patients come in to have their new restorations bonded in place to finish off their new look!
Ready to ask questions about instantly improving your smile with veneers?
Contact the team of Galleria Dental Aesthetics today to book a consultation appointment with Drs. Chong Lee, Joseph Oh, and Kirsten Lee. Our professionals can assess your smile and help you decide on the most appropriate method of treatment for enhancing the appearance and addressing misaligned teeth within the dental arch. Call (703) 448-1020 and visit the practice at 1600 Tysons Boulevard #120 in McLean, VA.