Orthodontics vs Veneers

If you’re interested in dental veneers, it’s vital that you understand how they differ from orthodontic treatment.

Your own teeth: Orthodontics involves correcting issues with your bite and straightening your own teeth. The results will last a lifetime if your teeth are well maintained.Irreversible enamel stripping: Veneers involves an irreversible process whereby the entire surface of your teeth’s enamel is stripped to allow the veneer to be glued to the front of your teeth.
Lower overall cost: Orthodontic treatment lasts a lifetime and although the costs may be more expensive than veneers initially, the total costs will be substantially lower in the long-term.Veneers are a temporary solution: Veneers are made from very thin materials and as a result, tend to chip and break over time. When this happens, you’ll need to repair or replace your veneers which can be an expensive process.
Virtually invisible treatment: Rather than wearing traditional metal braces, most patients are suitable for Invisalign treatment which uses clear, plastic aligners and are virtually invisible to people around you.Limited lifespan: Veneers only have a lifespan of 5 to 12 years so even if they don’t cheap or break during this time, you’ll have to replace your veneers eventually. This leads to increased costs throughout your lifetime.
Focuses on core problems: While there are obvious cosmetic benefits with orthodontic treatment, it also addresses the core problems with your oral health. Crooked teeth can eventually lead to gum disease which significantly increases the risk of heart disease.Veneers mask underlying issues: Veneers do nothing to address any health issues with your mouth and jaw, they only mask them. In many cases, it’s not possible to mask issues such as crooked teeth or gaps between teeth.

If you’re interested in dental veneers, you must remember that veneers are a temporary solution that only masks the core issues related to your oral health. Not only do they have long-term consequences (such as irreversible enamel stripping), but they’ll also be more expensive than orthodontic treatment in the long-term.

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