Is your wonky smile getting you down? If so, then you may be wondering how to fix crooked teeth? While braces are often the first thought that pops up whenever a person is looking to straighten their teeth, it may surprise you to learn that it is possible to fix crooked teeth with dental veneers.
Most people know the power of an engaging white straight smile. It helps young people grow up feeling more confident and assured, and in the business world, a winning smile can also improve your career prospects. Here at Beyond Infinity Dental, Dr Jack Yang is passionate about cosmetic dental treatments such as porcelain veneers to create a beautiful and engaging smile.
If you are considering straightening your smile with dental veneers, you probably want to know more about them.
How to fix crooked teeth – What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are ultra-thin covers or shells of porcelain. They are bonded to the front visible surface of the teeth, conceal flaws while giving the illusion of a straight white smile.
Dr Yang customises the dental veneers to fit each patient’s teeth perfectly. Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for covering chipped, discoloured, or otherwise damaged teeth. They can even fill in gaps and even out spacing issues to create a brighter, more attractive smile.
Are dental veneers comfortable?
Metal braces, in particular, are not known for being comfortable, and even the latest clear aligners can be tight for the first few days of wearing a new aligner. Not so, with porcelain veneers.
They are ultra-thin and lightweight, and since they fit flush with the surrounding teeth, they are unnoticeable to other people.
With proper care, you can expect porcelain veneers to last for around 15 years before they need replacing. While in extreme cases, our dentist may have to straighten teeth with braces to correct complex misalignments or to correct bite functionality.
He uses dental veneers in the following instances:
- If the misalignment is not too extreme
- When the gap between teeth is not too severe
- If the teeth are healthy and there are no bite issues
- When a tooth is larger than the surrounding teeth, and it affects the appearance of the smile
No two patients are the same, and Dr Yang will evaluate each person individually to determine whether porcelain veneers are a good solution in their circumstances.
Why choose porcelain veneers to fix crooked teeth?
If you want to fix crooked teeth with veneers, you should know they have the advantage over dental crowns and metal braces in that they are minimally invasive and offer an immediate solution to crooked teeth.
Because porcelain veneers involve just two dental visits, they are typically cheaper than orthodontic work and restorations like dental crowns, making them one of our most popular cosmetic treatments.
How to fix crooked teeth with dental veneers – The procedure
Once you and Dr Yang have agreed that dental veneers are a suitable treatment for you, this is the process to get them:
Our cosmetic dentist recommends an initial consultation to discuss your smile objectives and determine if porcelain veneers can help you achieve your goals. Using innovative smile design software, he can show you how your new smile will look before treatment commences.
1st dental visit
During this appointment, the dentist will prepare your teeth to accommodate the porcelain veneers. Typically, this involves removing a thin sliver of tooth enamel so that the dental veneers are the same thickness as your teeth.
By doing so, the porcelain veneers adhere more securely to the tooth surface. Don’t worry. The dentist will administer a local anaesthetic to numb your mouth and ease any discomfort.
Using an intraoral scanner, the dentist takes an impression of your teeth to create a virtual model to help plan your treatment and create your custom veneers. It’s also time for you and Dr Yang to decide on the colour of the porcelain.
Dr Yang excels at blending porcelain to achieve an exact match to your natural teeth. He can always bleach the remaining teeth to match the dental veneers or apply a thin layer of composite for a seamless smile.
2nd dental visit
The second dental visit is for a fitting of your porcelain veneers. Before the dentist tries them on you for fit, your teeth will be cleaned and polished.
An acidic substance is applied to your teeth by the dentist to roughen the tooth surface helping the veneers stay in place. This procedure is called etching.
The dentist bonds the veneers to the front surface of the teeth, checks the bite and carries out any adjustments before shining a light on the teeth to harden the bonding material.
If everything is in order, you’re ready to start enjoying your brand new smile.
How to fix crooked teeth with porcelain veneers – the cost
When it comes to the cost of porcelain veneers, it’s hard to give an exact figure because there are many variables to factor in, such as whether you are getting anterior or posterior teeth and where you live.
However, a ballpark figure is $700 to $2000 per tooth to indicate price.
Composite resin dental veneers provide similar results and are a more affordable option costing between $200 and $600. On the downside, they are not as durable and stain more easily.
The best way to get an accurate figure is to book an initial consultation with the Beyond Infinity Dental team.
Regarding the cost of dental veneers, you should also know that we provide National Dental Plan financing solutions and 0% interest finance plans so you can have your treatment and pay later.
Are you ready to transform your crooked smile with porcelain veneers?
There’s no time like the present. Why not schedule a consultation with Dr Yang by calling Beyond Infinity Dental on (02) 8806 3799 or use our online booking service and take the first steps to a stunning new smile.