Can Dental Veneers Replace Braces?

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Can Dental Veneers Replace Braces?

There are plenty of reasons why people choose porcelain veneers to fix their natural teeth. Most often, when a smile is uneven, misaligned, or otherwise does not look the way a patient wants, porcelain veneers attached to the front of a patient’s teeth can be just what they need to obtain an improved smile. However, when a mouth has teeth that are not straight and has too much spacing or gaps, could dental veneers replace other dental orthodontics to fix the problem?

Dental veneers work very well for brightening teeth and making them appear whiter, evening out the size of teeth, or fixing a single problematic tooth. They can also be considered when one is looking to make the teeth appear straight. 

If you have questions about cosmetic dental procedures to address the issues you have with your smile, speaking with a dentist can help you get those answers to your questions. Dr. McBride is a San Marcos dental veneer dentist that can address your questions and discuss with you what strategies may work best for your situation. You may have several options available to choose from including dental veneers.

Dental Veneers Or Braces?

Can Dental Veneers Replace BracesWhen teeth have large gaps between them and when they are uneven, looking into dental orthodontic treatments like braces or clear aligners is usually the solution. However, achieving the goal of a straightened and uniform smile this way can take time to meet that objective. This is because when braces or dental aligners are used they are slowly, over time, tightened to pull the jaw and teeth back into place and keep everything aligned. Not only can this process be time-consuming, in some cases taking years to complete, but when adjustments are made, this can be painful too.

By contrast, veneers can be applied to the teeth to give the appearance of a straightened smile. And, the time investment for veneers is much less than it is for braces. A patient may only need just a couple of sessions to complete their new and improved smile.

It is important to know, though, that veneers are not going to work for every patient. Those who need minor corrections could think about veneers as viable replacements for braces and other more intensive orthodontic treatments. However, a patient with substantial misalignment and bite issues or other more extensive orthodontic problems would typically not be a good candidate for veneers as a remedy to restore a straight smile. Braces, unlike veneers, are targeted at treating the problem. While veneers do not treat, but rather offer an aesthetic means to improve the look of the patient’s smile.

Speak with a California Cosmetic Dentist Today

Dental veneers can accomplish many things and are an excellent choice for some patients interested in dental restoration. Patients with mild orthodontic issues with their alignment may benefit from dental veneers. For more information on how dental veneers work and if they would help your dental issues, please call the San Marcos cosmetic dentist at McBride Dental today at (760) 471-1003. Consultations are complimentary.

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