Veneers vs braces. What is best for you? As far as the integrity of your teeth is concerned, veneers cannot be reversed. Once your enamel is removed for them, it cannot be recovered. Veneers may be inappropriate for some patients. You would be tethered to your dentist forever if you grit your teeth while sleeping and cause them to fall off. Always think about whether the cure will make the condition worse or if it will cause a new problem. Let’s go into more detail.
Veneers and Braces 101
With veneers, you’ll look like a million-dollar Hollywood star if your budget will stretch that far. You may have heard the word veneer before. Furniture uses veneers to finish the surface. It is the same with tooth veneers, although obviously thinner and more delicate. Described as wafer-thin, veneers are crafted to the exact shape of the tooth.
Depending on the cost you may have porcelain or reason composite. Once the shape is done the next step is color. You will be able to choose from a range of colors. Your best bet is to let the dentist consider that for you. Also, it is dentists that apply veneers not orthodontists.
Braces have really taken off lately. You can get them in many different applications to suit your needs and lifestyle. They come in traditional wire & bracket style. These pull your teeth using forces connected by rubber bands around the brackets. Also, you can have the brackets in ceramic material and tooth-colored too.
You can get lingual braces too, much the same as the traditional braces but fitted to the back of teeth for a completely invisible look. Speaking of invisible, there are near invisible aligner braces now. They are popular amongst teens and children as they offer no drastic lifestyle changes and are see-through plastic. Take the aligner out for meals with this treatment option.
You can find plenty of additional opinions online. We read a few comments on Quora and found the following response:
MDS Orthodontics, Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Dental Sciences and Hospital (2005)
The fundamental difference between braces and veneers is that braces can correct the POSITION of teeth, while veneers can correct the SIZE, SHAPE and COLOUR of the teeth.
So the more crooked or mal aligned your teeth are, or the more your teeth stick out, the more the likelihood that braces is the better treatment option.
Minor crookedness can be masked with Veneers, but that would need more aggressive reduction/filing of the tooth (sometimes even necessitating root canal treatment).
Also note. … that if there is a problem with the alignment AND shape/size of your teeth, you may even need BOTH braces AND veneers for an ideal result.
The Functions of Braces
Braces play an essential role in oral health. They can improve functions like chewing and saliva distribution and of course cosmetic improvements. The main reason for braces is function. Overbites, underbites, TMJ, and overcrowding are all correctable with braces.
Veneers, like whitening, are only cosmetic. It does not help with function. When braces are used, both function and cosmetics are dealt with.
Why do I Need Treatment?
Crowded or crooked teeth create issues with function and in turn oral health problems. These issues can make flossing and brushing teeth. This can lead to decay and gingivitis. Other issues from misaligned teeth are things like jaw pain and headaches. Teeth age like the body and yellowing and staining occur. Braces will help smooth all of the above along.
With veneer treatment, your tooth and jaw function is not changed. Veneers are cosmetic and important. Self-esteem for one. Jobs and relationships are important and having a good-looking smile helps.
What is the Treatment Process?
With veneer treatment, it takes a little while. First, the teeth are prepped. This prep is the same for 1 or all the teeth. Cleaning and buffing happen, this will remove a nanolayer of enamel allowing for a better connection for the materials. Special glue is applied to the tooth and the veneer is placed on the tooth. This will cover the tooth, and thus, any stains and cracks and will help shape the tooth with those teeth surrounding it.
With Veneers, 2 sessions are the norm. Whereas orthodontic treatment may take anything from 6 months to 3 years. The time scale depends completely on the severity of issues. With traditional braces, you’ll need regular visits to the office for tightening and checking. With Invisalign aligners, you can send in your scans from home and the ortho will inspect your progress from his state-of-the-art computer system. Then of course, after braces, you’ll need retainers.
If you need any work to correct issues that affect function, then you’ll need orthodontic braces.
What Treatment to Choose?
If you need any work to correct issues that affect function, then you’ll need orthodontic braces. If you want to improve your smile and correct discoloring then veneers are great. With choosing treatment for function issues, consult an expert.
They will be happy to guide you through the different options. He or she will consider what needs correcting and choose the best devices available. Also, the costs vary in both orthodontic treatment and veneers. Always do thorough research before embarking on your oral journey.
At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, our orthodontist can help, even during a lockdown. If your treatment is braces then please do contact us today. We are still open for new Children, teenagers, and adults to have an examination and to learn more about straightening their teeth.
Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expertise in all procedures. This is to reduce the amount of time required for wearing orthodontic devices. Call us to schedule your first appointment for an orthodontic evaluation.
Phone: (618) 438-2815
I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Illinois University and then received my Doctorate of Medical Dentistry at the University of Kentucky. After, I attended the University of Tennessee to complete my Master of Science in Orthodontics degree.
I consider every minute of continuing education to be vital for my patients and myself. Staying current with the latest trends, techniques, and technologies within my field allows me to improve treatment efficiency and provide higher quality results for each person I treat.