Published: Feb 20, 2018 | By: Richard Caven
When it comes to improving the appearance of your teeth, two corrective options are braces and veneers. Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment. Traditional braces are cemented on each tooth and connected via wires, which are tightened throughout the course of treatment to achieve the desired outcome.
Minimally-invasive braces, such as Invisalign, are also effective in the right circumstances. Veneers are a little bit different – they’re porcelain or composite shells that bond to the front of the teeth to improve appearance.
While both can be effective for improving the look of your teeth, there are some key instances where one or the other should be administered. Here’s a closer look:
If you have an underbite, overbite, cross bite or excessive gaps in your teeth, braces will almost always be the best way to treat the issue. In fact, most dentists recommend braces as a treatment option when there are underlying structural issues preventing an individual from achieving their desired look, while veneers are more administered when cosmetic improvements are desired.
Another big benefit to going the braces route is there’s little maintenance required once the braces are removed. Aside from maybe wearing a retainer at night, there are no special considerations needed to maintain the outcome of the treatment. Veneers, on the other hand, may require repair and replacement over time.
One of the biggest drawbacks, however, to wearing braces is treatment may range from months to years. The end result with veneers is much more immediate. Also, though there are more discrete braces alternatives these days, the appearance of braces is off-putting to some.
As we told you in the above section, veneers are more intended to provide cosmetic improvements. For this reason, they are often recommended in instances of stained, chipped or cracked teeth. They may also provide a viable solution if there are minor gap issues in a patient’s mouth.
One of the nicest things about veneers is they offer an instant solution. They can typically be administered in one appointment, while treatment periods with braces may extend a year or two. However, those who go the veneer route will have to expect they’ll need to be more regularly maintained. Eventually, they’ll also likely need to be replaced.
As you can see, veneers and braces are very different forms of treatment, intended to correct different issues in patients. While there is a little bit of crossover in the conditions each procedure treats, veneers and braces shouldn’t be looked at so much under the same treatment umbrella as you may have originally thought.
For more information on veneers, braces and what each treatment option can help correct, contact Caven Dental today.
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