Orthodontics Vs Veneers
Before you make any decisions, it’s vital that you understand the facts about dental veneers and how they differ from orthodontic treatment.
|Your own teeth: Orthodontic treatment corrects problems with your bite and straightens your natural teeth. Orthodontic treatment will last a lifetime if properly maintained.||Irreversible enamel stripping: To allow veneers to be glued to the front of your teeth, the entire surface of your teeth’s enamel need to be removed which is an irreversible process.|
|Lower overall cost: While orthodontic treatment may cost more than veneers to start with, the results will last a lifetime and the total costs will be substantially lower.||Veneers are a temporary solution: Veneers have a tendency to chip and break simply because they’re made from very thin materials. Consequently, veneers can become very expensive over time due to repairs and replacements.|
|Invisible treatment options: Orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners and is virtually invisible to people around you. There are a range of discreet treatments available now, instead of traditional metal braces.||Limited lifespan: Depending on the quality of the veneers, they only have a lifespan of between 5 and 12 years. Even if your veneers don’t chip or break, you will still have no other choice but to replace them eventually.|
|Addresses core health problems: Orthodontic treatment fixes the core issues with your oral health. While there are obvious cosmetic benefits, failing to repair crooked teeth increases your risk of gum disease which in turn increases your risk of developing heart disease.||Veneers mask underlying issues: You may not achieve the ideal outcome because veneers only mask underlying orthodontic problems. In many cases, it’s not possible to mask misaligned teeth or gaps between teeth.|
|Most importantly: Veneers are available purely for cosmetic purposes and does not address the underlying health problems with your teeth or bite.|
As can be seen, dental veneers is a temporary and cosmetic solution which does nothing to address your underlying oral health issues. Not only do they have life-long consequences, but they will cost you substantially more than orthodontic treatment throughout your lifetime.