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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Saturday, September 20, 2008

What is Instant Orthodontics?

The word orthodontics usually brings to mind years of metal in your mouth, painful adjustments, and a lot of expense. Porcelain veneers achieve the look of having had orthodontic work, but they do it in one dental visit, and hence the term Instant orthodontics.

Veneers are thin ceramic wafers used to resurface teeth for a variety of reasons:
  • Covering stains
  • Concealing small chips
  • Covering large fillings
  • Filling gaps
  • Creating a straightened look for front teeth

Measuring only 0.7 to 0.5 mm in width, veneers are custom made to cover the front surfaces of existing teeth. Your dentist prepares the teeth by removing a tiny amount of enamel to make space for the veneers.

Our CEREC system
Many cosmetic dentists will have you come for two visits, but we can complete your veneers procedure in just one. That is because we have a chairside system which images, designs, and mills the porcelain to make customized veneers for you.

Your dentist would digitally photograph the teeth in question and input those photos to the CEREC computer. Using its software, he will convert them into a computer design and the milling part of the system will use that to make your veneers. The dentist will choose a shade of porcelain to match your other teeth.

After testing their fit and comfort, he will bond them permanently to your teeth and now you have a transformed smile!

We place a high priority on patient education. If you have questions about Instant Orthodontics or any other dental procedure, please feel free to contact us and we will schedule a personal consultation for you.

posted by Patti at 10:55 AM

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