A patient with a noticeable space between the front two teeth may be dissatisfied with the smile’s appearance but reluctant to spend years in orthodontics to correct the problem.
Porcelain veneers can be a suitable alternative for such patients, and the treatment is completed in a fraction of the time that braces take.
These handy devices are among the most versatile interventions available to a cosmetic dentist. They can be used to correct any number of aesthetic flaws in the teeth. In the case of a diastema (gap between the teeth), the porcelain veneers can create the illusion that the teeth are wider and meet in the middle.
For most patients, porcelain veneers can be designed and placed in a matter of weeks. At the initial consultation, the cosmetic dentist will assess your teeth, recording aspects like the shade, shape and dimensions of your biological teeth. That data will then be used to craft the veneers to the patient’s individual specifications.
The dentist may also prep the teeth for veneer placement at that initial appointment if a thin layer must be removed to make room for the veneers.
When the veneers are ready, the patient returns to the dentist’s office to have them bonded to the teeth. Before the veneers are placed on the teeth, the dentist can make further adjustments to the color or shape of the devices. When the patient is satisfied, the veneers are then permanently bonded to the teeth.
If you take good care of them, veneers can last for years. Use common sense, and don’t do anything with your veneers that you shouldn’t do with your natural teeth. Ask your dentist about proper care for your veneers to help them last as long as possible.
Porcelain veneers can help to close the gap in your smile and boost your self-confidence. Talk to our skilled team today to learn if this treatment might benefit you. Call 516-484-6394 to schedule your visit.
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