Are you one of the people who has decided that the only way to straighten your teeth is to wear braces? If so, you owe it to yourself to talk with a dentist who has experience in orthodontics as well as porcelain veneers to validate whether that is actually the case. Without doing a careful examination, it’s impossible to say whether porcelain veneers could be reliably used to “straighten” your teeth. However, people with teeth that are a bit widely spaced or somewhat misshapen may be able to “skip” wearing braces to achieve the smiles of their dreams. There are some who even refer to porcelain veneers as “instant braces” for that very reason.
Even if porcelain veneers aren’t a good tooth-straightening approach for you, it’s possible that Invisalign braces could be used to move your teeth into proper position without anyone ever noticing your braces. When the degree of movement required is not extensive or overly complex, the Invisalign system can be a great choice. Invisalign is actually a system of removable aligners. That means that you can remove them to clean your teeth or to eat.
For some, the straightening needs will be such that neither porcelain veneers nor Invisalign is a good solution. Clear braces are another possibility, making them far less noticeable – a concern for many adult patients. With more and more adults wearing braces these days, it may not be as much of a concern as you’ve been led to believe in the past.
The staff here at Raleigh Comprehensive & Cosmetic Dentistry is glad to help you learn more about porcelain veneers, as well as other options such as cosmetic bonding, composite veneers, Invisalign, and braces. Many of our patients are surprised to learn about the different possibilities available to them. Even if porcelain veneers aren’t a good approach for you, we’ll help you understand which ones are possibilities for your personal smile-enhancing treatment plan and budget.