Dental Veneers vs. Braces: Which Is Right for You?

Brushing, flossing and seeing the dentist are all important parts of overall dental health. But what if you have an issue with tooth alignment that requires more intensive treatment?

In the past, most people fixed alignment and bite issues using braces. These days, clear braces like Invisalign have become popular for their almost invisible appearance and convenience.

Still, there's another alternative: Porcelain veneers can resolve some issues with the look and position of teeth.

Let’s compare veneers vs. braces.

Braces: The Traditional Approach to Perfect Tooth Alignment

Braces have been used for generations to help problems like:

  • Overbites, underbites or cross-bites;

  • Very large gaps between the teeth;

  • Excessive crowding of the teeth.

In general, braces are best for those suffering from serious alignment problems with several of their teeth. By exerting gentle pressure on teeth over time, issues can usually be corrected completely. This supports long-term dental and oral health.

Many people avoid braces because they want a more convenient and discreet alternative. Luckily, Invisalign is now available. Invisalign consists of a set of clear plastic trays that help realign your teeth while providing the convenience of removing them whenever you need to.

Both braces and Invisalign are safe and effective. Costs and treatment time can vary depending on need. Whatever the case, the results you get by using braces are permanent!

Veneers: A Great Way to Resolve Cosmetic Issues With Teeth

Veneers are special porcelain constructions that are custom-fitted to cover the front surfaces of teeth. You can think of them as wafer-thin shells that both protect and beautify your teeth.

A veneer can effectively change the color, shape, size or even the length of teeth. As a result, it can resolve some problems traditionally addressed by braces. It’s especially useful in dealing with large gaps between teeth.

Veneers are great if you have cosmetic issues with your teeth, such as:

  • Teeth that are stained beyond what cosmetic whitening treatments can correct;

  • Cracked or chipped teeth needing cosmetic correction, but not reinforcement;

  • Teeth that aren’t the shape or length you would like them to be.

How much do veneers cost? Depending on how many you need, veneers may be much less expensive than braces. However, they can’t correct major alignment problems with the teeth, only their shape and surface appearance.

Soft Touch Dental

Are you still curious about your options? Dr. A. Fakhimi would be glad to discuss your situation and recommend braces or veneers to achieve your desired results. Contact Soft Touch Dental today for an appointment.