Wouldn’t it be nice to have a naturally beautiful smile, complete with straight, symmetrical teeth? Unfortunately, for most of us, that is not the case. Many patients complain of teeth that are crooked or crowded together. A mouth full of crooked teeth can worsen the appearance of a smile, but, traditionally, it has not been easy to correct. Traditional orthodontic procedures can take anywhere from nine to 18 months to straighten and align the teeth. Patients at Dr. Ettienne van Zyl’s Memphis cosmetic dentistry practice can avoid that wait with instant orthodontics.
Most of our patients do not want to commit the time that is required for braces or invisalign to correct crooked teeth. Dr. van Zyl can give our patients in Memphis porcelain veneers in order to visually alter their smile. With porcelain veneers, the natural teeth remain in the same condition but they appear to have under gone a drastic makeover. That is because porcelain veneers are attached to the surface of the teeth to leave them looking even and straight. Two to three appointments will be required to complete this procedure, but it is still a significantly faster treatment option than braces.
Porcelain veneers are a permanent treatment. Because they cannot be removed, it is very important to Dr. van Zyl that you are satisfied with your results. Before the porcelain veneers are actually placed, you will have a consultation with Dr. van Zyl to choose the veneers that will look best in your mouth. Dr. van Zyl will even have a model constructed so that you will have realistic expectations of the final results. If you are satisfied and are ready to go through with the procedure, your teeth will be cleaned and prepared. At your final appointment, the porcelain veneers will be permanently bonded into place. You will leave our office with a beautiful smile and a boost of confidence.
Instant orthodontics is a fast and painless procedure that is virtually free of side effects. Porcelain veneers are a preferred treatment because they look and feel natural. Despite the fact that they are very thin, porcelain veneers are actually very durable and can last for up to 10 years. Porcelain veneers are not only able to improve the appearance of a misaligned bite, they can also correct the color or size of the teeth, as well as eliminate the appearance of cracks or chips. Porcelain veneers leave a patient’s teeth looking naturally healthy and beautiful.
There are very few risks or side effects of porcelain veneers. After the procedure your teeth may feel sensitive but this should not last for more than a few days. It is important to remember that your natural teeth are still in your mouth so it is important to keep up good hygiene habits so that you will avoid tooth decay underneath the veneers. With proper care, this is not a problem for most patients.
If you have crooked teeth and are excited to learn more about instant orthodontics, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ettienne van Zyl. He is happy to tell you how porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of your smile in less than half the time of regular orthodontics.