Veneers solve problems with the appearance of teeth. They are a cosmetic solution for certain dental cases and will not cure problems caused by the structure of your jaw or the malocclusion of your teeth. In contrast, proper orthodontic procedures solve cosmetic and health problems involving the teeth, gums and jaws.
Veneers can last a long time, but they do need to be replaced eventually. Traditional porcelain veneers require the teeth to be permanently reshaped. Less reshaping is necessary with higher cost and quality veneers, such as Lumineers. The teeth look “perfect,” but only stay that way if the patient avoids eating and drinking certain common food items. Orthodontics leave you with your own teeth intact, but your oral health and appearance is improved.
In summary, veneers deal with cosmetic dental problems relatively quickly. They are not permanent, requiring replacement every five to twenty years, depending on quality and patient habits. Orthodontic procedures solve cosmetic and health problems with the teeth, but require more time for effective treatment. The initial investment in time, however, results in a permanent solution to improving your health and smile.
Our Placerville dentists will answer all of your questions regarding procedures, costs and benefits of veneers compared to orthodontics. Arrange a personal visit with them today to discuss your specific needs.