Straighter Teeth without Braces
While orthodontic treatment is the most effective way to correct crooked or crowded teeth, it involves a significant investment of time and effort. If you want to hide crooked or crowded teeth, but are reluctant to spend a year or more wearing braces or clear aligners, instant orthodontics may be an appealing option. This process involves placing a set of porcelain veneers (or crowns) over the front teeth to hide alignment or spacing problems and create the illusion of a more beautiful smile. With instant orthodontics, you can enjoy results almost immediately!
Of course, to achieve your desired results with instant orthodontics, it is essential to work with the right cosmetic dentist. Under the supervision of the wrong dentist, the veneers may look out of place, uneven or unnatural. Patients seeking instant orthodontics in El Cajon turn to Dr. Andrew Hunter for beautiful results that look and feel great.
Advantages to Instant Orthodontics
The most significant advantage to instant orthodontics is they save a lot of time and effort. Instead of spending a year or more wearing braces or ClearCorrect or Invisalign aligners, you can enjoy straight beautiful teeth in just a few short dental appointments. As long as there are no problems with your bite or jaw, instant orthodontics can be used to improve the look of teeth that are slightly crooked, uneven, crowded or gapped.
Instant orthodontics also create the appearance of teeth that are whiter, brighter and more uniform. Compare that to Invisalign, ClearCorrect and braces, which have no effect on the color, shape or size of the teeth. After spending a year or more wearing braces or aligners, the teeth may need whitening treatment to eliminate stains and discolorations, or dental bonding to improve tooth length or width. These treatments require even more time to achieve the smile you desire.
The first step in the instant orthodontics treatment process is to identify your specific goals and determine the proper course of action. You will be asked to describe what bothers you about your smile, and how you hope it will look after treatment. Based on this information, Dr. Hunter will advise whether instant orthodontics is your best option.
Most instant orthodontics cases involve placing four veneers over the top front teeth, which are the most noticeable teeth when the mouth smiles. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that fit over the surface of the tooth and improve their appearance.
Your teeth will be prepared with a light buffing that creates room for the veneers. Dr. Hunter will take a mold of your teeth and send it to the dental laboratory that will craft your veneers. While you wait for your permanent restorations, he can place temporary veneers over the prepared teeth.
Once your permanent veneers are ready, you will return to the office for placement. Dr. Hunter will remove the temporary veneers and bond the permanent veneers into place with a strong adhesive or cement. He will check them for fit, shade and color and make any final adjustments.
If significant tooth structure is missing, or a tooth is structurally unsound, porcelain crowns may be placed instead of veneers. The two restorations are similar, but a crown replicates the entire exterior of a tooth, reinforcing it. Preparing a tooth for a crown involves removing a bit more tooth structure before the crown is bonded into place.
Learn More about Instant Orthodontics
If you are interested in straightening crooked or crowded teeth, but reluctant to spend a year or more wearing braces or aligners, instant orthodontics might be your best option. To learn more about this treatment option, please call our office at (619) 444-6157 and request an appointment with Dr. Hunter.