Your smile is the first thing another person will see when meeting. First impressions count for everything these days. Your teeth are a part of your smile. It is important that they impress. If you have a crooked smile or malocclusions, then there are two choices to correct the issue. Veneers will cover the crookedness, but they won’t correct the issue. Braces will correct the issue, but treatment will take time, even years. In this post, we’ll take you through the choice of braces or veneers. Let’s get choosing.
Braces to Fix Malocclusions
Orthodontic braces are the surest bet to fix your smile. It is a treatment system that will take a set amount of time. This time scale depends on the level of issues that the patient has. Braces in modern times are much less a fussy and painful experience than those of past times. You may have traditional metal and bracket braces. These may also come in ceramic and tooth-colored styles.
The most recent and popular style is aligner treatment. This is where a set of aligners, fitted around the teeth, push the teeth into place. This style means the patient can remove the braces for cleaning and eating. Another type sits the back of the teeth, these are called lingual braces. We’ll go into more detail below.
Wire and Bracket Braces
This is the type used for years. Traditional metal braces stay on your teeth using special cement. Your orthodontist is the only person that should remove them. Once they are on your teeth, you must continue to visit your orthodontic clinic on a regular basis. This is to have them tightened and checked for wear and tear.
After you complete your treatment, they disappear. Then you can see your beautiful smile. Teens and youngsters can get fun colors for the rubber bands and fun shapes for the brackets. This style is suitable for those with issues unfixable by other methods.
The Invisalign aligner process moves teeth through a very gradual process. This process relies on switching trays. An orthodontist takes a 3D model of a patient’s teeth. Then a treatment plan designed to shift the teeth to a straighter configuration. The aligner trays manufactured with robotic lasers. This creates a custom set of trays that shift from crooked to straight. Every two weeks or so, the patient will change their tray for a straight tray.
Veneers are a great way to feel good about yourself with no invasive procedures needed.
A veneer can be color-matched to your existing teeth. If you are having all your teeth covered, you can have all the shells made in a lighter color. This gains the same effect as tooth whitening treatments. It is important to note, an orthodontist does not fit veneers only braces.
In terms of fitting, the tooth needs preparing first. The teeth also need cleaning and buffing, which removes a thin layer of the natural tooth. Then, a composite resin veneer placed directly on the tooth with glue. Covering stains and chipped teeth and gaps, they look like a perfect set of gnashers. Hollywood smiles are done with veneers.
The Real Differences
So How Do I Choose?
Consult both a dentist and orthodontist on which methods would suit your needs best. The cost may also be a factor. Both experts will give you a full rundown of the respective treatments. And you can decide on the best route for you after taking into account the above. And any more information the expert provides you.
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Dr. Michael McDermott earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Chemistry and Biology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He followed his undergraduate degrees with a doctorate in dental surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with highest distinction.
Dr. Mike then furthered his dental education by earning a masters and certificate in Orthodontics at the University of St. Louis in Missouri.