Straighten Your Smile with Instant Orthodontics By summer on August 11, 2014

A beautiful smile of straight, even, white teethMost patients have an aspect of the smile that they would like to improve. For many, minor alignment problems compromise the appearance of the smile. The teeth may be slightly crooked, overcrowded, or spaced too widely apart, leaving unsightly gaps between the teeth. When alignment problems are minor, it is unlikely that the health of the teeth with be affected, so many patients are reluctant to undergo lengthy, uncomfortable orthodontic treatment. Still, most would love to address the cosmetic flaws associated with misalignment. Porcelain veneers can conceal these (and other) cosmetic flaws to create a smile that appears straight, even, and beautiful. With the application of porcelain veneers, Dr. Burton Gooch is able to offer his Birmingham patients instant orthodontics treatment.

Instant Orthodontic Candidates

Instant orthodontics is a faster, more convenient solution for orthodontic problems. However, not all patients are ideal candidates for instant orthodontics treatment. If alignment problems are severe, and if the health of the teeth or gums is likely to be compromised by these problems, then traditional orthodontic treatment is recommended. For patients whose concerns are primarily cosmetic and for those whose teeth and gums are free of decay and other oral health problems, instant orthodontics is likely a great treatment option.

The Treatment Process

Instant orthodontics enhances the smile and addresses the cosmetic side effects of misalignment through the application of porcelain veneers. The cosmetic improvement is considered “instant” because treatment can typically be completed in just two dental appointments. At the initial appointment, the teeth will be prepared for treatment and the porcelain veneers will be designed. Porcelain veneers can be customized by color, shape, and size, so treatment will actually improve all aspects of the smile, not just alignment.

After preparing the teeth by removing a small amount of tooth enamel (in order to accommodate the veneers), molds will be taken of the teeth. These molds and the specifics for the veneers will be sent to a dental lab for fabrication. Temporary veneers will be placed while the final restorations are made. At the second dental appointment, the completed porcelain veneers will be bonded to the teeth and patients will benefit from a newly straight, beautiful smile.

In some cases, a straight, attractive smile can be achieved by only treating a few teeth with porcelain veneers. In these cases, Dr. Gooch may be able to create the veneers in-office with our CEREC machine. For these patients, treatment can be complete in just a single day, truly offering the most “instant” orthodontic treatment available.


There are many benefits of porcelain veneers and instant orthodontics treatment. This procedure will result in a smile that is not only straighter, but also one with bright, white teeth free of cosmetic flaws such as chips, cracks, and stains. Even the shape and size of the teeth can be improved by the application of porcelain veneers, giving patients the opportunity to create their ideal smile.

Schedule an Appointment

Many patients with alignment problems think that traditional orthodontic treatment is the only way to improve the appearance of the smile. Fortunately, porcelain veneers offer another option. If you would like to know if you are a good candidate for instant orthodontics, schedule an appointment with Dr. Burton Gooch at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Gooch Family Dental is dedicated to providing convenient, comprehensive dentistry to the community in Birmingham, AL. We take advantage of the latest dental technology to streamline treatment, and deliver fast, beautiful results. Our proud affiliations include:

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