Your smile is the first thing another person will notice when meeting you. First impressions matter a lot in today’s world. Your teeth are a key part of your smile. It is important that they look good. If you have crooked teeth or bite problems, then you have two options to fix them. Veneers will hide the crookedness, but they won’t solve the problem. Braces will solve the problem, but treatment will take time In this post, we’ll help you decide between braces or veneers. Let’s get started.
- 1 Braces
- 2 Veneers
- 3 The Real Differences
- 4 FAQ’s
- 5 Conclusion
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
What are veneers made of?
How long do veneers last?
Can veneers fix crooked teeth?
How long does it take to straighten teeth with braces?
The duration of orthodontic treatment with braces can vary depending on how bad the case is, but it typically takes 1 to 3 years.
Can adults get braces or veneers?
How much do veneers and braces cost?
In the debate of veneers vs braces, there is no clear winner as each treatment option has its own unique benefits and drawbacks. Veneers are a good option for those who want a fast and easy way to improve their smile, as they can be placed in just two appointments. They are also a good choice for those who have minor cosmetic concerns such as discolored or chipped teeth. However, you should know that veneers are not a solution for correcting crooked teeth or bite problems. On the other hand, braces are a more comprehensive solution for those who have moderate to severe orthodontic issues.
It is important to talk to an orthodontist who can provide a personalized treatment plan and guide you towards the best option for your specific situation. No matter which option you choose, remember that investing in your smile is an investment in your overall health and wellbeing. With proper care and maintenance, your smile can last a lifetime.
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.