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Instant Orthodontics


One of the most popular and asked-for procedures today in the field of cosmetic dentistry is "Instant Orthodontics." Instant orthodontics refers to the use of porcelain veneers to:

  • Change the shape and color of teeth

  • Close gaps between teeth by slightly widening each tooth

  • Lengthen teeth

  • Hide small chips and cracks

  • Hide slight crookedness

What Makes Instant Orthodontics So Great?

Porcelain veneers are about as thick as a contact lens. Despite the slimmest of profiles, and despite the fact that by itself, porcelain is brittle, they are extremely strong and durable when bonded to the teeth. And because of their glass-like ceramic composition, which adds a lustrous translucency to them, they resemble tooth enamel.

Porcelain veneers are a speedy way to remedy some orthodontic problems that once took many months, even years to resolve. Gaps and misalignments that once could only be fixed with a mouthful of metal braces can now be made to disappear "instantly." In only a few visits over a span of two to three weeks, the entire process can be completed and you can look into the mirror at a stunningly beautiful new smile.

Is Instant Orthodontics for Everyone?

You would need to have no bruxism issues (clenching and/or grinding the teeth). Such a habit would damage the teeth, which met the veneered teeth when your mouth was closed. That's because porcelain is stronger than tooth enamel. You would also need to have no decayed teeth or periodontal disease. However, most problems can be overcome with veneers attached as an ending procedure.

The Procedure

  1. An impression is taken of your teeth and gums and sent to the lab.

  2. You are given temporary veneers to wear until the permanent ones are ready.

  3. The lab models your veneers on the impression (also called a mold) and sends them to your cosmetic dentist.

  4. In a second visit, your dentist temporarily attaches the veneers and with your input, makes any small adjustments needed.

  5. Your cosmetic dentist bonds the veneers permanently to your teeth.

Porcelain veneers cannot substitute for all orthodontic procedures. You may need to wear braces (clear, modern ones) if your teeth are severely crowded or misaligned. Or you might be able to use Invisalign aligners instead. But for the relatively minor defects they can permanently hide, there's no question as to their success. For those who desire a dazzling new smile in the shortest amount of time and are appropriate candidates for the procedure instant orthodontics offers the ideal cosmetic solution.

If you are interested in instant orthodontics, contact an experienced cosmetic dentist such a Dr. Brian Hale DDS today. Visit http://www.drbrianhale.com/contact.html.

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