A commonly asked question, not just here in our offices at Vita Dental but all around the world, is the suitability of veneers to replace dental braces in the treatment of misaligned teeth. Looking at the two from a neutral or a dentist’s perspective in this case, the two pretty much help achieve the same thing in the end which is to help align teeth and give the patient a beautiful smile. The controversy on which of the two is the best arises from people having different opinions from where they stand.
Before we delve deep into differentiating the two forms of treatment, we would love to quickly define what the two mean. We then will later compare the two highlighting the major differences and their effectiveness. So what are braces? What makes them different from Veneers?
Dental braces are devices that orthodontists use to shift tooth movement gradually over time. They are used to correct misalignment of the teeth, as well as various abnormalities related to the bite. They are made up of metal or ceramic brackets glued to the teeth and are connected by metallic wires. Veneers on the other hand are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-like material designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve their appearance and help align the teeth. They are made up of either porcelain or resin.
The differences between Veneers and Dental Braces
Here are nine differences between dental braces and Veneers. We have highlighted the main differences from the materials used in the manufacture of each to the suitability of each for dental treatment. Here are the nine differences;
- Materials – Braces are made from metals or ceramic depending on the choice you opt for. The metal brackets are glued to your teeth and tied together by small rubber bands. The dental veneers on the other hand are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-like material which are designed to cover the front surface of the tooth.
- Functionality –Dental braces meant to correct any misaligned teeth while veneers are used purely for cosmetic reasons. The primary role of veneers is to cover any discoloured teeth, large gaps between teeth and generally improve the aesthetic appearance of the patient. Braces are normally meant to help correct health issues like malocclusions but because the teeth will improve in shape in the end, it can be said that they help improve the aesthetics as well.
- Part of tooth involved – In braces, the brackets are glued to the tooth and once the treatment period is over, they are stripped out and the original tooth is left in its natural position. Veneers on the other hand involve stripping the entire front service of the tooth’s enamel allowing the veneer to be glued to the surface.
- Life span –Braces can pretty much last for a very long time because they are not interfered with. The veneers on the other hand have a very limited life span. The longest that they can survive is ten years and this depends on the quality of veneers used. They are also prone to breaking away and chipping especially if you brush daily and eat hard foods.
- Cost-Orthodontic braces are generally very cheap when compared to veneers. In America for example the average cost of braces is $5, 000 while Veneers average $1,000 per tooth. This means that irrespective of the type of braces that you choose, they are a cheaper option compared to veneers.
- Visibility – There are two types of braces. The traditional visible braces and invisalign which are invisible. The latter cannot be easily seen when they are used while the traditional ones are visible. Veneers are also invisible. People will hardly even notice that you have them on you because they are perfectly camouflaged to match with the colour of teeth.
- Health ramifications – Traditional orthodontic braces are by far the healthier option. They are strictly meant to help you achieve a healthier dental set while veneers are there to help you get a better aesthetic appearance. They actually are a temporary solution because they hardly influence the alignment of teeth.
- Outcome –In addition to the cosmetic benefits that come with the use of dental braces, you get a healthier dental set and improved quality of life. Veneers on the other hand work by hiding and masking an underlying dental problem. They are just there to enhance the appearance in the end. Masking such problems will only increase their magnitude in the end.
- Comfort- Braces can be uncomfortable in the first few months when you get them. The tension in the connecting wires and the brackets can cause you to have sores and some regular pain but after some time the pain fades away. Veneers on the other hand are more comfortable. Save for the weird feeling when you get them installed, they are otherwise comfortable to even dine with.
All the above points help you to make best choice for your oral health, Consult today with your dentist ,Vita Dentist also here for your help Schedule appointment today with our dentist and make your smile better. We also open on Saturday.