Your teeth complete your smile. If you need to correct your smile to achieve a good first impression, then there are a few choices to consider. Braces to correct malocclusions or you can opt for veneers. Veneers can’t correct jaw issues, but they can make your smile straight-looking and nice to look at. Braces will correct most issues regardless of malocclusion. However, treatment takes years. In this post, we’ll show you in a quick fashion the differences between the two. Veneers or Braces? Let’s investigate it.
Fixing Jaw and Bite Issues
Braces have been used since ancient times and are well suited to their job. The timescale of the treatment can take anything from 6 months to 3 years depending on the severity of the issue. In today’s world, braces are excellent and non-invasive and there is a choice in treatment type. Traditional metal is still in wide use and effective. The brackets can come in tooth color and even ceramic material.
Aligners are a series of plastic retainers that push the teeth into place without the use of wires and brackets. Invisalign aligners are popular with teens and adults alike. These aligners are removable for eating and cleaning. This makes them a good choice for the modern busy person.
The most modern of braces treatments is lingual. This means they are attached to the back of the teeth and are invisible to the eye. Let’s get into more detail on the treatments mentioned above.
Traditional Metal Braces
You may well know these from your youth, or you are sure to have seen someone wearing them. They are made up of wires attached to brackets that go along both top and bottom teeth. They will be joined by rubber bands. These braces often cause cutting of gums and other issues.
Traditional braces are used to fix severe malocclusions and need constant adjusting in the office. Your orthodontist uses this time to check all is going well. Also, the dreaded tightening will happen. Young users of this style of treatment can opt for cool rubber band colors to liven up the drab-looking brackets and wires.
This type of treatment is gaining popularity across the globe. The invisible nature of the clear plastic means you can wear them in confidence they won’t stick out like traditional braces. Invisalign is a modern take on braces. They push instead of pulling the teeth and the treatment is done using 3D X-ray technology that is accessible via smartphone apps and computers.
You can send in your scans via your phone from home and the ortho will analyze the images. The images are then put into software that tracks movement. This means absolute correct diagnosis every time and in a quick fashion too.
This means absolute correct diagnosis every time
Removable for eating and cleaning means your diet and lifestyle are not affected in any great amount. You’ll use attachments to secure the aligners. These are tiny bubble-type things glued to various teeth and are noticeable in a slight way.
Teens have blue dot indicators to ensure compliance and are popular with this age bracket. Sports can be played wearing them as they pose no risk to injury within the mouth. You’ll change the aligners every two weeks and, in some cases, weekly depending on issues being corrected.
This type is not popular but highly effective. They operate in the same manner as traditional braces. They are placed on the back of the teeth and are quite difficult to attach, tighten and maintain. This difficulty is apparent in the price which is higher than the two mentioned above. Not to mention, there is only a small amount of orthodontists qualified to carry out the treatment.
Porcelain veneers are good for covering up imperfections. They are made of porcelain in the dentist’s lab and are like thin shells. They are also made from resin composite. A type of plastic. This type of treatment will only cover dental or orthodontic issues, it will not fix the issues.
Another important note to know, veneers will need replacing. The quality of materials is key when choosing veneers. Also, research well the experience of the dental provider installing them as mistakes are painful and costly.
Veneers are great to cover damaged enamel or discolored teeth. This is a self-esteem booster type of treatment and many famous people have them fitted for a so-called perfect Hollywood smile. Veneers are a non-invasive treatment and after the molds are taken very quick to install.
You can color match veneers if you only get some teeth corrected. If you are having all teeth covered, you can opt for a super white color if you so choose. You cannot get veneers at an orthodontist’s office, only at a dentist.
The tooth will be prepped first. Thorough cleaning and buffing will happen. This removes a tiny layer of tooth enamel. The veneer is then placed on the tooth will glue. It covers stains and chips resulting in a perfect-looking smile, fit for the movies.
With braces, your teeth, jaws and bite will be perfect. You’ll find oral health easier to accomplish and the face may change in a slight manner. The function of the mouth will be improved. Chewing and flossing will also improve. Veneers only cover issues and things like flossing become difficult.
If you’re interested in finding out which route is best for you call the office. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Schulhof and Dr. Eis to discuss your dental needs. Then, create a game plan and get the self-confidence you deserve. It’s going to change your life. Contact us today because orthodontics shouldn’t just be a treatment, but an experience!
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Dr Schulhof graduated with high honours from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and received his specialty training from Columbia University.
His early interest in lingual orthodontics has led to him becoming the top provider for Incognito in the U.S. and the world. Dr Schulhof was part of the LingualCare Clinical Advisory Board and is now a Key Opinion Leader for 3M and Incognito. He has presented lectures on lingual orthodontics throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Dr Schulhof is also active in research and development and was a major contributor to the development of Incognito Lite. Recently, New Jersey Orthodontist Dr Schulhof has opened a satellite practice in NYC.