In the last post, I talked about the ways that Porcelain Veneers (laminates) could be used to correct crowding of the front teeth. Veneers are an excellent option, but there are 2 primary drawbacks:
1) There is usually irreversible loss of tooth structure to allow the lab to make the porcelain look truly beautiful, and because all dentistry fails eventually, you will need the veneers replaced 1 or more times during your life, and
2) They require a significant financial investment.
Given those 2 issues, many people have avoided doing anything about the crowding of their front teeth because they assumed that otherwise they would have to go through braces for 2-3 years. However, that is really not the case for all patients; in fact, for many patients, assuming that your bite is stable and you have no jaw pain/tooth pain, it is often possible to correct crowded front teeth in 4-6 months with limited orthodontics. All orthodontists can do this, of course, but their usual goal is to help you achieve a more ideal, overall result. The good news is that, here at Smiles by Payet Dentistry, we also offer this exciting service that offers a couple significant advantages over veneers:
1) No real loss of tooth structure or dental restorations that will eventually have to be replaced, and
2) The investment is much much lower.
With no further ado, let me introduce Jeremy, whose case we just finished today. He plans on whitening his teeth in 2009 to complete the Short-Term Ortho Smile Makeover. And please keep in mind: We achieved this result for Jeremy in only FOUR MONTHS! Needless to say, he was a very happy camper when we took off the brackets today. Wouldn’t you be, too?