Enhance a Crooked Smile with Porcelain Veneers
Most people are not completely satisfied with the appearance of their teeth. Since the smile is one of the most noticeable features, even minor imperfections can have a significant impact on someone’s self-confidence. Fortunately, many of the most common dental blemishes can be addressed with porcelain veneers, including crooked teeth.
Porcelain veneers sit on the front surface of the teeth to conceal imperfections and create the appearance of a straight, unflawed smile. When crooked teeth are a concern, Dr. Edward Naricsi can determine whether porcelain veneers are a suitable treatment for his Monroeville, and Pittsburgh, PA, patients.
About Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments, which makes them extremely popular. Porcelain veneers can enhance the appearance of the smile by concealing:
- Dental stains
- General discoloration
- Small or misshapen teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Chips, cracks, or fractures
- Overcrowded teeth
- Gapped teeth
Porcelain Veneers Candidacy
What is key for our Monroeville patients to understand is that porcelain veneers are a purely cosmetic solution. Porcelain veneers bond to the front of the natural teeth to present a smile that is bright, white, straight, and even. However, the teeth beneath the veneers remain as they are. For this reason, porcelain veneers are only an appropriate treatment for crooked teeth if the smile is generally healthy, and the degree of malocclusion (or misalignment) is not causing additional oral health concerns or interfering with oral functions.
The Treatment Process
Individuals who are ideal porcelain veneers candidates are usually happy to learn that treatment can be completed in just two dental appointments. This allows patients to enjoy a straight, attractive smile in a matter of weeks, compared to the long months of a traditional orthodontic treatment.
The First Porcelain Veneers Visit
The first porcelain veneers treatment session is all about preparation and planning. Dr. Narcisi prepares the teeth for porcelain veneers by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel. This ensures the veneers sit flush against the teeth and remain in line with adjacent teeth that are untreated. Although the amount of enamel that is removed is minimal, treatment is irreversible, so if patients have any hesitancy, they should address them before this point.
When the teeth have been prepped, impressions are taken. The impressions and porcelain veneer design plans will be sent to our dental laboratory for custom fabrication.
The Second Porcelain Veneers Visit
At the second porcelain veneers treatment session, the patient’s completed veneers are placed. Dr. Narcisi tests the fit to make sure they sit comfortably and securely against the teeth. If needed, minor adjustments can be made before the veneers are bonded in place.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers Over Orthodontics
There are many reasons that patients may choose to undergo porcelain veneers treatment. Often, this technique is preferred for crooked teeth because it offers several benefits over traditional orthodontic treatment, including:
- Fast treatment results
- Ability to address multiple aesthetic flaws at once
- Blends in seamlessly with surrounding teeth
- Reflects light like tooth enamel
- Long-lasting results
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
If you are considering porcelain veneer treatment, Dr. Edward Narcisi can help you determine if these cosmetic restorations are right for you. To learn more, send us a message online, or call our dental practice at (412) 373-9447.