Greenwood, SC, dentist explains how porcelain veneers can be used to mask crooked teeth
A great smile is important for many reasons – it helps a person feel confident, can make others feel welcome, and can diffuse a tense situation. However, many people in Greenwood, SC, feel that a great smile is something that only happens in magazines and on television. Most individuals have cosmetic flaws they would like to improve, including crooked teeth, discoloration, gaps between the teeth, and chips or minor cracks. Luckily, with porcelain dental veneers, patients can mask these flaws and smile with confidence.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are very thin strips of porcelain that are placed over the teeth to hide cosmetic imperfections. They are custom-made to specifications and then permanently bonded in place. A dental veneer can be placed on a single tooth or over several teeth – usually the front teeth that are most noticeable when a person smiles. Dental veneers typically require two visits to the dentist’s office. During the first visit the dentist will prepare the teeth and take impressions, and during the second, the veneers will be bonded into place.
Can dental veneers be used in place of orthodontic treatment?
Many patients have improved a misaligned smile with dental veneers. However, veneers are not a replacement for orthodontic treatment. Braces, retainers, and alignment trays will gently shift the teeth into their proper position. This can improve the way you bite and the overall health of your mouth. If your teeth are healthy and misalignment is minor, veneers can be used to mask the misalignment. The result is a confident and happy smile in far less time than orthodontic treatment requires.
Dr. Christopher Griffin has helped many patients improve their health and appearance of their smiles with restorative and cosmetic treatments. For more information about dental veneers call the office at (864) 229-2610 today.