Combining orthodontics (Inman aligners) and Porcelain Veneers

Published: 18th September 2009
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Porcelain veneers have long been the ultimate cosmetic dentistry procedure to give people the perfect smile. Many cosmetic dentists perform thousands of porcelain veneer procedures yearly. As a cosmetic dentistry procedure porcelain veneers can provide instant perfect teeth with whiter, brighter and straighter better shaped teeth.



Applications for Porcelain Veneer Treatment



Porcelain veneer treatment can produce the best results in many cases:

Gappy teeth

Discoloured teeth

Chipped teeth

Broken or cracked teeth

Worn and damaged teeth

Crooked teeth

For most of the above case porcelain veneers are still the best choice but there are alternatives to porcelain veneers.



Cosmetic Dentistry Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers



Orthodontics: Clear braces like clearstep or Inman aligners for gappy or crooked teeth.

Teeth whitening: Laser or home teeth whitening for discoloured teeth.



Pre-cosmetic Alignment of Crooked Teeth, Inman Aligners

Crooked teeth can be instantly corrected with porcelain veneers, but if your teeth are very crooked they may require a lot of tooth preparation in order to get the porcelain veneers into perfect line and symmetry.

Recent advances in clear braces such as the Inman aligners can help prevent excessive tooth reduction by pre -alignment of the teeth. Doing this means that less tooth preparation is needed to get the porcelain veneer into line. The Inman aligner is a great clear brace that is good at aligning the front 4 teeth. So pre-cosmetic alignment can take from 4-12 weeks and then porcelain veneers can be placed with less tooth preparation. This means that preparation is more conservative and therefore less risk of root canal treatment and possibly thinner porcelain veneers.



Orthodontic or Porcelain Veneers.

There is no wrong or right with braces or porcelain veneers. Both have risks and benefits associated with treatment. It depends on each individual case and ultimately the patients informed choice. Pre-cosmetic orthodontic treatment with the Inman aligners is great option and should be considered in every crooked teeth case.



Informed Consent with Cosmetic Dentistry

The most important factor before choosing cosmetic dentistry is being correctly informed of all the risks and benefits of the cosmetic dentistry procedure you are about to consider. Every treatment, whether it is a white filling, a brace, a dental implant or 20 porcelain veneers, has risks and benefits which should be explored by the cosmetic dentist so that you are making the correct choice for you. Some cosmetic dentistry is irreversible and some reversible, so you must be fully aware of your chosen treatment.



Having the Correct Treatment

At Perfect Smile Spa we endeavour to give you the best cosmetic dentistry that is best for you. Whatever treatment you choose we will make sure you are aware and happy with your treatment.



For further advice on any aspect of cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry contact


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