If you’re considering straightening your smile with braces or Invisalign, you may be wondering if there’s a faster alternative. There is! With porcelain veneers, it’s possible to straighten out the appearance of crooked teeth without any time in orthodontic appliances. Instead, the veneers are bonded to the front of each tooth to adjust the way they look when you smile.
Depending on the extent of your tooth misalignment, mild to moderately crooked teeth can easily be adjusted for an aesthetically attractive veneers treatment.
In one such case, Dr Shah helped transform a patient’s smile where both crowding and enamel discolouration was present. Rather than undergo conventional treatments such as Invisalign and teeth whitening, the patient elected to address the cosmetic concerns more quickly with dental veneers. In this case, porcelain veneers would be used to bond over each of the teeth in the
‘smile zone’ (which typically varies between 6-10 teeth, depending on the individual.)
During the initial stage of the porcelain veneer treatment, Dr Shaw met one-on-one with the patient to discuss what characteristics they desired to change and any they still hoped to preserve. By incorporating the patient’s opinions and goals, Dr Shaw was able to adjust the prescribed care plan to be one that was both attractive and natural-looking per their preferences.
In this particular instance, the patient wanted to maintain a natural-looking tooth shade but one that established a consistent colour from one tooth to the next. That way splotchy discolourations could be covered up as if they didn’t exist at all. This strategy would allow for a realistic hue while also enhancing the overall colour of their smile.
But what about the crooked teeth, you ask? Treating crooked teeth with porcelain veneers involves minor adjustments to the natural tooth, creating space for the ‘straighter’ veneer to bond on the front-facing surface. In this case, the patient wanted to preserve natural tooth shape and sizing; the primary goal was to have the teeth look straighter. So, Dr Shaw designed each veneer with the original tooth anatomy in mind. The sizing, length, shape, and contours were each replicated within the porcelain veneers as if the tooth had been straightened out.
As with most of our other cosmetic veneer cases, these porcelain restorations required two visits about 14 days apart. The first appointment included prepping the teeth and taking impressions, with temporary veneers applied while the permanent ones were being designed. At the follow-up appointment, the temporaries were removed, and the porcelain veneers were permanently bonded into place.
By placing each custom veneer side by side, areas of crowding and crooked teeth were essentially erased from view.
If you have crooked, gapped, or misaligned teeth, you might not necessarily need braces to improve their alignment. Porcelain veneers are a safe and effective aesthetic enhancement for people with a healthy smile. To learn more about porcelain veneers in Sydney and Five Dock, contact Smile Concepts today!
Our Sydney dentists’ experience with complex smile makeover needs makes Smile Concepts your home for all of your aesthetic dentistry needs. Contact us today to reserve pressure-free consultation. A gorgeous new smile is just a ring away!
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Dr. Manish Shah is a cometic dentist with a special interest in porcelain veneers, dental implants and Invisalign. He is also a medical doctor with an expertise in sleep & craniofacial pain medicine practising at Smile Concepts.