You may think of porcelain veneers and braces as two entirely different dental services, and they definitely are. Veneers are considered a cosmetic dentistry option, while braces are in the orthodontics category. However, for certain patients, veneers can actually be an excellent alternative to braces. In fact, veneers have been termed “instant orthodontics.” To determine if you can get away with investing in just two short visits for veneers rather than wearing months of braces, it’s important to get a closer look at each option.
When Braces Are Needed
Braces are designed to provide structural or anatomical correction to your bite as well as cosmetic improvement. If you have a moderate to severe overbite, under bite, cross bite or open bite, braces might be required to put your teeth back into proper alignment and restore an even bite. In addition, if your teeth are excessively crowded or overlapping, you may need orthodontic treatment instead of a “cosmetic cover-up.” This is especially true if your crooked or misaligned teeth are compromising your jaw health or making you more prone to gum disease or decay, as veneers will not address these issues.
When Veneers Can Be the Instant Fix
Now, if you are a patient whose oral health is in check and you do not suffer from consequences of severe misalignment, porcelain veneers may be the perfect alternative to wearing braces, Ask yourself if your crooked, missized or gapped teeth are primarily an aesthetic concern. If so, veneers will likely do the trick.
Remember, veneers don’t actually move your teeth. They simply improve the appearance of crooked or widely spaced teeth. They can also cover up cracks, chips and discoloration. Veneers are wafer thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Because they are cosmetic, they are only used on your front teeth, or those visible when you smile.
Could veneers be your “instant orthodontics”? Call Gilreath Family Dentistry to find out. We offer a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative services to ensure you find a solution that meets your budget and needs.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,