In today’s age of Instagram filters and body editing apps, self-image has become a very sensitive topic given that people can change their skin tone, waist size, and the colour of their teeth with the touch of a button! Having a positive body image is vital for our self-esteem and confidence and some people go to extraordinary lengths to achieve what they perceive to be beautiful and attractive.
In orthodontics, a cosmetic procedure which is generally viewed as a ‘quick-fix’ involves patients getting veneers glued to their teeth. Rather than spending a year or more receiving orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign, many patients are instead choosing to have veneers as they can be installed in only a few appointments and the results are instant. If you’re interested in getting veneers to fix any orthodontic issues, it’s vital that you understand what’s involved with veneers and how they differ from traditional orthodontic treatment.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells that are designed to cover the front of your teeth to enhance their appearance by disguising imperfections such as crooked teeth, stained teeth, and chipped teeth. Veneers are custom made from either porcelain or resin composite and mimic natural teeth in the way they reflect light, their strength, and their appearance. Dental veneers (particularly porcelain) are resistant to staining and discolouration and can be used to correct small chips or teeth misalignment, strengthen worn teeth, and close any gaps.
The process of getting veneers is relatively straightforward and only requires several appointments with your orthodontist or dentist. Veneers are a cosmetic procedure and can be quite expensive, setting you back several thousand dollars per tooth. If you’re looking for that perfect Hollywood smile with teeth that will never stain, then veneers may be the best solution for you! Keep in mind, however, that more complex problems will require orthodontic treatment.
Veneers vs Orthodontics
Where orthodontics involves naturally changing the position of patient’s teeth and bites, veneers is essentially a cosmetic procedure which has long-lasting effects that prospective patients need to understand. The following outlines the fundamental differences between orthodontics and veneers.
- Veneers are a temporary solution and have a lifespan of between 5 and 12 years which means they must be replaced eventually. The quality of the veneers also plays a pivotal role in the success of the procedure.
- To glue veneers to patients’ teeth, their tooth enamel must be stripped which is an irreversible procedure.
- Veneers made from porcelain have a tendency to chip or crack with time. If your veneers chip or break then they must be replaced which can be rather expensive.
- Veneers effectively mask underlying orthodontic issues and don’t correct misaligned teeth or bite. If you have poor oral health due to orthodontic problems, you may experience ongoing issues such as cavities which increases the likelihood of more serious issues such as gum disease.
- While it takes some time, orthodontic treatment corrects and repairs your natural teeth and bite and if properly maintained, the results will last a lifetime.
- Although orthodontic treatment is slightly more expensive than veneers initially, the high maintenance costs involved with veneers equates to a higher overall cost during your lifetime.
- Treatment times have been substantially reduced with technology such as Propel Pro5 and there are discreet and comfortable orthodontic treatments available nowadays such as Invisalign.
- Orthodontic treatment fixes the underlying orthodontic issues which allows patients to easily maintain good oral health to prevent issues such as cavities, tooth decay, and a range of other health-related problems.
Veneers is a feasible treatment option for many patients with mild orthodontic issues such as chipped teeth, worn teeth, or stained teeth, however it’s not advised for patients who need to permanently treat underlying orthodontic problems. As long as you maintain good oral health with veneers and are careful not to chip them, they do a fantastic job in enhancing your teeth’s appearance.
Gold Coast Orthodontics have an experienced orthodontist who can provide excellent advice regarding your individual situation. We offer all new patients a free initial consultation including X-rays, digital impressions, and clinical photos. For more information about veneers or to schedule an appointment, simply phone our staff on 07 5689 1224.