There are many different issues that custom-designed porcelain veneers can address, but not many patients realize that crooked teeth may be one of them. The beauty of porcelain veneers is that they can completely reinvent the appearance of your teeth by replacing the blemished tooth structure on their front surfaces. This means the highly lifelike shells of porcelain can correct several different types of concerns in nearly an instant. In minor cases of tooth misalignment, this may include straightening the contour of your smile without having to realign your teeth with orthodontic braces.
How Porcelain Veneers Work
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of dental porcelain that your dentist customizes to closely mimic the size, shape, color, texture, and luminescence of your healthy tooth. Once created, the veneer can be permanently bonded to the tooth’s front surface, which your dentist will prepare by sculpting away a small amount of tooth enamel. Typically, the main benefit of porcelain veneers is their ability to effectively improve smiles that exhibit multiple types of tooth blemishes on several different teeth.
When Veneers Can Correct Tooth Alignment
In addition to things like chips, cracks, and discoloration, veneers can also help improve teeth that seem out of alignment, as long as they don’t require orthodontic realignment. In many cases, the appearance of misalignment may be due to issues with the structures of specific teeth, such as overlapping edges or seeming shorter than the teeth around them. In such cases, your dentist may be able to recommend an appropriate number of veneers to fine-tune the contour of your smile, improving its appearance while minimizing the amount of dental work you need.
Find Out if Veneers Can Straighten Your Smile
In minor cases of tooth misalignment, an appropriate number of strategically placed veneers may be able to straighten your smile and help you avoid the need for braces. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.