Alternatives to Orthodontics
The patient had been told by our office and others that she would benefit from orthodontics to straighten her front teeth. Her occlusion was functional and stable but she had cosmetic concerns. She had previously had some bonding that helped a little bit but she wanted a more uniform smile with as little drilling as possible.
Straighten teeth with Veneers
Six porcelain veneers, bonding, and some shaping of other teeth made for a dramatic improvement in her smile. Smiling always came easy for this dental assistant (from another dental office) but now she smiles with confidence.
Can veneers be done instead of doing orthodontics
Veneers instead of braces is a common question cosmetic dentists get asked. Many patients want to avoid the lengthy orthodontic process and just have veneers. Veneers are well known to be an excellent way to improve one’s smile. Unfortunately, the more out of alignment your teeth are, the more the cosmetic dentist would have to drill into your teeth to align them. Ideally, an orthodontist is enlisted to align the teeth and then the cosmetic dentist doesn’t have to do as much drilling. A well trained cosmetic dentist can do a no or minimal preparation to the teeth to cover over them with a thin sheath of porcelain to tweek the “Look”. the bottom line is that orthodontics is almost always the best way to straighten and align teeth. It is considered a non invasive / non destructive way of cosmetically improving a smile.