Have you always been worried about the appearance of your teeth?
Whether you’ve got broken or chipped teeth, or they’re simply out of line or crooked, an uneven smile can cause a lack of self-esteem and confidence.
Dentistry has come a long way since the days of metal braces and orthodontic devices. These days, cosmetic dentists can help you improve your smile quickly, comfortably and affordably. Through modern dentistry techniques such as porcelain veneers and crowns, a skilled cosmetic dentist can create a completely natural-looking smile that complements your age, facial features and individual characteristics.
If you’ve decided to do something about your teeth now that you can afford it, or have simply had enough of hiding your smile, read on for more information about creating the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
Porcelain veneers are a very popular way to correct the appearance of your teeth, without the use of orthodontics. A far quicker alternative to braces or orthodontic plates, veneers can be used to correct and improve:
- Gaps between teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Unsightly, stained or washed out fillings
- Permanently stained or discoloured teeth
- Crooked/crowded teeth
The procedure requires a small amount of tooth structure to be removed and sent to the laboratory for fabrication of the veneer. The porcelain veneer, a thin, ‘tooth-coloured’ porcelain shell, will then be carefully bonded to the front of your teeth, changing their shape, size, alignment or colour to improve your smile.
Like veneers, porcelain crowns are an ideal way to restore and repair broken or damaged teeth, creating a new and improved smile.
They are often used instead of veneers when the work is more significant, or to strengthen and protect teeth that have become decayed and weakened, or compromised by large fillings or root canal treatments. Crowns require more of the tooth structure to be removed during preparation.
A porcelain crown then fits over the remaining part of your tooth, improving its shape and appearance, while both strengthening and protecting the natural tooth.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers and Crowns
Unlike older style crowns that use porcelain fused to metal, 100% porcelain veneers and crowns have a number of significant benefits for your health and appearance.
A huge advantage of using porcelain for crowns and veneers is their incredibly natural appearance, being translucent and well-matched to the colour of natural teeth. Have you ever seen someone with older style crowns that have resulted in a very noticeable dark line between the tooth and gum? That won’t happen with your porcelain veneers or crowns, as there is no metal being used to produce that dark lined effect.
Porcelain carries no risk of allergic reaction or gum irritation and it is extremely safe and nontoxic for dental applications.
Your cosmetic procedure will also be very quick – once your porcelain veneers or crowns have been prepared, they only take around 20-30 minutes to cement on. With only a single appointment needed, you’ll be ready to show off your new smile in no time.
Adelaide’s City Central Dental team are qualified, experienced cosmetic dentists who can help to improve the appearance of your teeth and give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.