When opting to correct your smile and change something about it, there are basically two options you can have: veneers or braces. Although very different methods, there are a bunch of problems that both of them can handle, while there are some problems that only one of them can. I intend to speak a little about both, and then provide some information into which problems can be corrected by which one and how.
The easier option and the more superficial one as well, veneers can fix only aesthetic problems, as they have no real medical value at all. They can change the appearance of your smile though, even the colour and shape of your teeth, something braces simply cannot. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are adhered to your teeth after the tooth surface has been cut to make room for them. Veneers are permanent though, so once you decide to get them, you are stuck with them forever, so it is very important to be very circumspect when getting them. Although the teeth themselves are covered, the lingual surfaces can still become decayed, and you may need to get the tooth filled, root canaled or removed.
- Cheap and reliable
- 2 visits to the dentist, can be done in one week
- Can affect the colour and shape of your teeth
- Permanent solution
- Does not prevent tooth decay or any dental problems
- Needs to be replaced periodically
The more difficult and time consuming option, and also more expensive, but this solution is permanent and more thorough. It not only deals with the appearance of the problem, but actually goes to the root of the problem itself, and tries to solve that instead. Braces are metal devices that are adhered to the teeth for 6 months to 3 years, depending on the severity and nature of the problem you are trying to fix with them. Braces can align the teeth, but do not change the appearance of the individual teeth themselves, but they do make teeth easier to acre for and they thus prevent dental ills from surfacing or resurfacing.
- Temporary treatment for a permanent solution
- Prevents tooth decay
- Improves appearance
- Takes 6 months to 3 years to complete treatment
- Does not change colour or shape of teeth
We hope this has been informative and has portrayed these two options, their similarities and differences fully, and you can now make an informed choice as to which of these two solutions is right for you.