Very few people are born with a perfect smile, but that doesn’t mean that perfect smiles are impossible. Dr. Bruce Wilderman has helped many people in Philadelphia, PA undergo dramatic smile makeovers. Thanks to porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, patients can laugh and smile with enhanced confidence.
We mentioned porcelain veneers in particular since they are quite effect at treating various dental flaws. The team at Artistic Expressions Dentistry would like to consider how porcelain veneers can be used to treat crooked teeth and issues related to aesthetic malocclusion.
Problems Causes by Crooked Teeth
If you have crooked teeth, you’ll face a number of health issues and cosmetic issues.
On the dental health side of things, crooked teeth can affect the overall comfort and function of your bite. Over time, crooked teeth can lead to teeth grinding (bruxism), TMJ disorders, and premature wear on your teeth.
In terms of smile aesthetics, crooked teeth can leave you feeling extremely self-conscious about your teeth. You may feel hesitant to laugh, smile, and speak, even around loved ones and people you have known for many years.
This is where porcelain veneers or other dental work at our Bucks County cosmetic dentistry center can help.
How Porcelain Veneers Work
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that attach to the front portions of your teeth. These ultra-thin ceramic shells are able to mask imperfections from view, making your teeth seem pristine.
Porcelain veneers are ideal for treating these aesthetic flaws related to dental misalignment:
- Crooked teeth
- Twisted teeth
- Asymmetrical teeth
- Tooth gaps
- Small tooth size
Porcelain veneers can also be used to treat tooth discoloration and stains, chips and cracks, and uneven smiles.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Orthodontic Treatment
When treating crooked teeth, the two primary options for treatment are porcelain veneers or orthodontic care. Sometimes one option is better than the other for treating a patient’s crooked teeth. We take the following approaches when determining treatment:
- Porcelain veneers are better when a patient’s teeth are crooked in a predominantly cosmetic or aesthetic manner, and when the crooked teeth are the front teeth. This means that the tooth misalignment doesn’t impact a patient’s dental health a great deal.
- Orthodontics is better when patients suffer from serious misalignment of the teeth, the dental arch, or the jawbone that negatively affects the health and the appearance of the smile.
During the consultation process at our Philadelphia dental practice, we can determine which treatment is best suited to address your problems with crooked teeth.
The Results of Porcelain Veneers Treatment
Thanks to porcelain veneers, patients can laugh and smile without feeling self-conscious at all. Since porcelain veneers are semi-translucent, they will blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth structure, which means few will notice that you have them in place.
Porcelain veneers will last for about 10 years, at which point they can be replaced with new veneers to prolong the aesthetic benefits.
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
If you have crooked teeth and would like to learn more about how to improve the overall appearance of your smile, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic dentist. Artistic Expressions Dentistry can be reached by phone in Bucks County at (215) 631-8505.