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Doctor insights on: Veneers Vs Braces

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Please tell me if I should get veneers, braces or invisalign?

Please tell me if I should get veneers, braces or invisalign?

I can't: I don't know the extent of your problem. Please be patient, talk to the best Restorative Dentist and the best Orthodontic Specialist you can find. Make your decision based on what will provide for you the best long-term result. ...Read more

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Veneer (Definition)

Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size or length and resulting in an improved appearance. They can be made from porcelain or ...Read more


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What's the difference between veneers and braces (cosmetic dentistry)?

What's the difference between veneers and braces (cosmetic dentistry)?

Quite a bit...: Veneers are like a thin, partial crown, that fit over individual teeth to make the teeth look straighter, perhaps longer and wider, and perhaps whiter. Braces are applied temporarily to align teeth to improve their function and alignment. It is possible that veneers may be needed following braces in some unique cases. ...Read more

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What are some instances when dental braces are the only option, as opposed to bonding or veneers?

What are some instances when dental braces are the only option, as opposed to bonding or veneers?

Many: Moderate to severe crowding or spacing, excessive vertical overbite or horizontal overjet, skeletal imbalance, and many other situations. See a fully qualified Orthodontist for initial examination (usually free) to discuss what Orthodontics can do for you. Often Orthodontist and Restorative Dentist work hand in hand to provide you with best possible care. Seek quality, not shortcuts. ...Read more

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I want braces but was looking at dental implants or veneers. What do you think is best?

I want braces but was looking at dental implants or veneers. What do you think is best?

Apples and oranges: All dental procedures have their respective indications. Implants to replace lost teeth and veneers to correct the shape, size color and to some extent position of the tooth (teeth). Orthodontics can often close the lost tooth space, give a proper bite, and if cosmetics are still a problem, it will have provided the best possible foundation for veneers. Different, but can be synergistic. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What are dental veneers made out of?

What are dental veneers made out of?

Ceramics: Dental veneers can be made of composite resin or some type of ceramic. Typically they are a type of ceramic. Most commonly a porcelain material but can be a lithium disilicate as well. ...Read more

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Can a dentist put a veneer over a crown?

Can a dentist put a veneer over a crown?

It depends: Depending on the material used to make the initial crown, it can be successful if it is an all ceramic crown and relatively new.I've done it after a patient refused to have me remove their chipped all ceramic crown. They understood there was no guarantee but 8+ years later it still looks great. So, yes, it is possible but the dentist has to understand the limitations. A new crown is best. ...Read more

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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more