If your teeth aren’t perfectly straight, you may assume that your only option is to wear a brace. The good news is that this isn’t the only treatment out there that will benefit you. If you don’t want to have braces, you could consider veneers instead.
What exactly are veneers?
Veneers are ultra-thin, tooth-shaped shells, which are placed onto the surfaces of the natural teeth to transform the smile. In many cases, veneers are made from ceramic materials, most commonly porcelain. They look very similar to natural teeth and they can change the aesthetic of the smile dramatically.
Veneers are a very versatile cosmetic treatment, and they can be used to address a wide range of cosmetic flaws, including:
- Gaps between the teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Stained and discoloured teeth
- Worn and misshapen teeth
Veneers vs. braces
If you have crooked or crowded teeth, this can affect the overall aesthetic of your smile and your confidence. If you long for a more attractive smile, you may be considering having braces. Braces are a very effective solution for orthodontic problems, which affect the alignment of the teeth and the bite. While many patients opt to have braces to straighten the teeth, this isn’t the only option. If you’re more concerned with the aesthetic of the smile, rather than repositioning the teeth, veneers may be a solution worth considering. Veneers won’t alter the position of the teeth, but they will enhance the look of your smile. Veneers produce results in around 2 weeks, while braces usually take at least 4 months.
If you long for a beautiful smile, and you’re not sure whether you should choose braces or veneers, our friendly, skilful dentists can talk you through the pros and cons of each option and give you tailored advice based on your individual needs and your treatment preferences and aims.
If you’d like to find out more, call and book a consultation today.