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A 40-year-old member asked:

my two front teeth are crooked, is it worth the money to just get veneers instead of braces or invisalign?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
The right answer: Can only be determined after a consultation with both a general dentist (or prosthodontist) and an orthodontist. 'worth' is subjective and only you can determine that. Discuss with a dentist who can examine you the pros and cons of each treatment option as well as the consequences, if any, of not getting any treatment at all. Then make an intelligent decision.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Depends: On a lot of things you may or may not see such as how your bite is, if any teeth are in crossbite, etc. If you see an ethical orthodontist, they help you make the right decision during a free consult-- even if the answer is your cosmetic dentist and not them. Just do some homework to find the office that gets reviews noting they are ethical and honest.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Straighten: Best solution is to straighten teeth, placing roots over good bone support. While restorations may make the crowns of the teeth look straighter, they don't address bone/gum support issues. Best solution often to have Orthodontist place teeth into best orientation for restorative treatment. Talk to BOTH your restorative Dentist and an Orthodontic Specialist for more information.

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