Braces are so often considered a rite of passage for teenagers, but the truth is that not everyone has the opportunity for orthodontic care while growing up. Years later, you may be thinking about what you can do to correct crooked or gapped teeth. But as an adult with a career and other responsibilities, you may not have the time or desire to go the route of traditional braces, a process which can take up to a year or even more.
Many in this situation today are looking into porcelain veneers. Often referred to as “instant orthodontics,” porcelain veneers can solve many orthodontic problems practically overnight, creating a more aesthetically pleasing look while also solving bite issues that may have been hindering your speech and causing jaw pain. At the Honolulu cosmetic dentistry practice, Hawaii Pacific Dental Group, patients are considering instant orthodontics as a way to straighten the smile.
What Is Involved With Instant Orthodontics?
“Instant orthodontics” can be a new term for most patients, who are only familiar with the more lengthy orthodontic process of traditional or invisible braces. But unlike these true orthodontic procedures, instant orthodontics relies on porcelain veneers to correct flaws within a day - as opposed to waiting for gradual and fundamental shifts in the position of your natural teeth.
After determining that you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers, your cosmetic dentist will create a model of your natural teeth. Some dentistry offices will do this using a traditional mold; at Hawaii Pacific Dental Group, cutting-edge CEREC technology is used to create a 3D model and sculpt custom veneers. In many cases, custom porcelain veneers can be created within the same day using this technique.
When it comes to instant orthodontics, every patient is different - some may elect to simply correct flaws in their front teeth and have their remaining teeth whitened to match, while others may choose to have all of their teeth fitted with porcelain veneers. Talk to your cosmetic dentist to discuss which is right for you.
After your dentist has properly prepared your teeth, they are topped with porcelain veneers and permanently bonded. This is a process that can be completed within one afternoon, but its results can last 10 years or more.
Can Instant Orthodontics Solve Every Dental Problem?
Porcelain veneers can cover a wide variety of common dental issues, including:
- Crooked Teeth
- Gapped Teeth
There are some issues, however, that instant orthodontics cannot solve. If you have orthodontic flaws caused by underlying jaw issues, your dentist may recommend traditional braces instead of porcelain veneers.
Contact a Cosmetic Dentistry Practice Today
If crooked teeth, gapped teeth, or an uneven bite are holding you back from enjoying life, now is the time to make a change. The dentists at Hawaii Pacific Dental Group have years of experience helping patients achieve a flawless smile through instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers. Contact our cosmetic dentistry office today to schedule a consultation and find out if you could be a candidate for instant orthodontics.