Porcelain Veneers vs. Braces
By Kellyn Hodges on November 16, 2018
When it comes to straightening the teeth, there are several dental procedures available at our Philadelphia, PA practice. In addition to traditional braces, patients can also opt for porcelain veneers. But how can you know which treatment option is right for you?
Today, our team at Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics explores porcelain veneers vs. braces and explains the advantages of each solution.
How Can Porcelain Veneers Straighten the Teeth?
Many patients do not know that porcelain veneers can help with dental misalignment. In actuality, veneers do not actually straighten the teeth, but they create an illusion of well-aligned teeth.
This is accomplished by reshaping the teeth and placing veneers to conceal cosmetic flaws such as gaps, rotation, crowding, and more. When porcelain veneers are used to straighten the teeth, it is often referred to as instant orthodontics.
Advantages of Instant Orthodontics
The most obvious advantage of porcelain veneers is the speed of treatment. While traditional orthodontics can take up to two years to complete, veneers can be placed in just a couple of weeks.
Additionally, porcelain veneers can target the most problematic areas while leaving the rest of your smile alone. Furthermore, when you address tooth crowding with veneers, there is no need for a retainer. Because your tooth roots stay in the same position, they are not likely to shift out of place.
How Porcelain Veneers Work
Before receiving your veneers, your dentist must remove small amounts of enamel from the affected teeth. This will make room for your veneers and create a better bonding surface.
Once the teeth are prepared, our team will take impressions of your teeth. These are sent to a dental lab, where a skilled technician will craft your veneers.
When the veneers are ready, a process that takes about two weeks, we will schedule you for another visit. Your doctor will assess the shade and fit of your new veneers and bond them into place.
When Is Traditional Orthodontic Treatment the Right Choice?
In simple terms, traditional braces are the go-to treatment when comprehensive correction is necessary. Patients who are experiencing additional dental issues due to misalignment should consider this option.
If the goal is improved aesthetics, function, and health, then traditional orthodontics may be the best solution for you.
Advantages of Braces
While porcelain veneers only address the aesthetics of your smile, braces correct your bite and your alignment. As a result, your overall oral health is improved, and the risk of further damage is reduced.
Furthermore, porcelain veneers must be replaced every 20 years or so. After orthodontic treatment, you can enjoy straighter teeth for life.
How Braces Work
To confirm your eligibility for braces, your doctor will perform a comprehensive oral examination. He or she will ensure you do not have decay or gum disease, as good oral health is a prerequisite for orthodontic treatment.
To begin treatment, your doctor will bond brackets onto the teeth, then place an arch wire across them. By applying steady, gentle pressure, the teeth will gradually move into their desired positions over time.
Contact Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics Today
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile, visit our practice to explore your treatment options. Contact us online to schedule an appointment.