Crooked teeth can wreak havoc on what otherwise would be a beautiful smile. You’ve always wanted to do something about it, but it’s not really causing any bite issues. Besides, are there really ways to fix crooked teeth that aren’t going to take tons of time and a boatload of money?
Think veneers, says our own Jose Marcano, DMD, here at Orlando Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Marcano shares how he has helped patients get the smile they’ve always dreamed about using this cosmetic dentistry procedure that traces its roots back to the early days of Hollywood.
California dentist Charles L. Pincus, DDS, AKA “Dentist to the Stars” fixed smile flaws for famous actors like Shirley Temple, James Dean, and Judy Garland using a tactic that we call veneers. But today you don’t have to be a celebrity to reap the benefits.
Like the magic of Hollywood, veneers present a new look for your smile that makes you forget those imperfections you definitely can live without. Essentially, veneers are custom-made thin pieces of composite resin or porcelain that transform your smile by literally covering up flaws like crooked teeth. But that’s not all.
The ultimate cosmetic treatment option
Veneers have become increasingly popular with patients and dentists alike over the years because of their sheer versatility. Not only can your cosmetic dentist place veneers to address crooked teeth, but they also can fix a variety of teeth imperfections, including:
- Minor fractures or chips in tooth enamel
- Slightly overlapping teeth
- Odd-shaped or unevenly-sized teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
Two appointments away from your best smile
While finally getting your own epic, Hollywood-worthy smile is definitely a huge plus, the fact that there’s practically no waiting is also a great perk. In fact, here at Orlando Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we typically perform veneer treatment in two appointments spaced a week or two apart. You can even plan your veneer treatment around a special event like a wedding or class reunion or even decide to start the New Year right with a new beautiful smile.
Treatment plays out like this: at your initial visit, Dr. Marcano performs a comprehensive oral examination, reviews your dental health history, and asks you questions about your treatment goals. Next, he takes X-rays to ensure your tooth roots, gums, and jaw are healthy. If Dr. Marcano finds cavities or gum disease, he may recommend taking care of those issues prior to getting veneers.
If, after this initial assessment, Dr. Marcano deems you to be a good candidate for veneers, he moves ahead to do the prep work on your affected teeth. Dr. Marcano administers a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during this process. Next, he thins or shaves a thin layer of enamel from each tooth, which will receive a veneer. This step ensures that the veneer fits properly and does not jut out from neighboring teeth.
Next, he focuses on getting proper measurements to create your custom veneers so that they will be undetectable and naturally looking once placed. Dr. Marcano does a series of digital impressions and color matching to accomplish this. He sends this information to a dental laboratory that fabricates your custom veneers.
Once your veneers return from the lab, you’ll return for your second and final appointment. Dr. Marcano bonds or glues the veneers to your teeth with dental cement. He completes the procedure by trimming any excess material, polishing your teeth, and doing a final evaluation to ensure the fit is correct. The next step is all you when you get to share with friends and family your new beautiful smile.
Natural-looking and durable
Capturing the smile you always wanted with veneers is the gift to yourself that keeps on giving. It looks so natural that you’ll almost forget what they’re covering up. And as if that weren’t enough, by practicing a strong at-home dental hygiene care routine like you do with your natural teeth, your veneers will keep you smiling for many years to come.
If you are ready to transform your smile and want to know if veneers are right for you, contact us at Orlando Center For Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation. Click the online booking tool or call the office today.