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Can Porcelain Veneers Straighten My Teeth?

August 02, 2021 | Porcelain Veneers | The Office of Palisades Dentists

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Porcelain veneers are used to camouflage many dental issues and restore a beautiful smile. They provide multiple benefits and are pretty durable cosmetic restorations. Many patients wonder whether porcelain veneers can still be used to straighten crooked teeth. 

Well, unfortunately, the answer is not cut and dry. They can, but only on a case-by-case basis, depending on the condition of your teeth.

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Porcelain Veneers for Crooked Teeth

Various factors come into play when it comes to determining if your crooked teeth will benefit from veneers. For the most part, dental veneers are considered an option for teeth that are cosmetically flawed without significant wear, decay, or cracking.

For those with minor misalignment, it’s possible to have your teeth straightened with porcelain veneers. The tiny covers are placed directly over the top of existing teeth to reshape and make them look perfectly straight. The best part is that you can achieve a beautifully aligned appearance in just two dental appointments.

However, if your teeth are severely misaligned, it wouldn’t be wise to only get porcelain veneers, as this would mask the problem instead of correcting it. Remember, porcelain veneers only alter the appearance of your teeth. So, if your teeth are crooked to the point of affecting your bite or oral health, having veneers can put you at risk for even more problems down the road.

Additionally, veneers on extremely crooked teeth may look out of place in your mouth. In this case, you might need to talk to your dentist about possible orthodontic treatments to shift your teeth to the desired position before getting veneers. This will not only improve your smile but protect you against potential health issues in the future.

Therefore, ensure you see a dentist you can trust so that you can get the best advice on the right treatment option for your specific situation. 

During your consultation, your dentist will evaluate the current condition of your teeth and determine the cosmetic option that is best suited to your needs.

Additional Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

In addition to a straighter smile, veneers can correct chipped front teeth and correct gaps in the front teeth.

The thin pieces of porcelain are attached to the front of the teeth to close unsightly gaps or fill chipped teeth to restore the function and beauty of your smile.

Porcelain veneers are also matched to the color and shape of your teeth for a more natural-looking tooth appearance. While the process will require removing a layer of the tooth structure, your dentist will ensure minimal alteration to help you seamlessly reverse cosmetic imperfections within your smile.

Interested in Learning More?

Are you ready to take the first step in embracing a straighter and natural-looking smile? Contact us today at 310-459-2303 or fill our online contact form to schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable dentists.