Orthodontics vs veneers
Before you make a decision, get the facts about dental veneers.
|Your own teeth: Orthodontics involves straightening your own teeth and correcting your bite. If properly maintained, orthodontic treatment will last a lifetime.||Irreversible enamel stripping: The entire front surface of the tooth’s enamel usually has to be removed to allow the veneer to be glued to your tooth. This process is irreversible.|
|Lower overall cost: Although orthodontic treatment may cost slightly more than veneers, the results can last a lifetime, meaning that the total cost is significantly lower.||Veneers are a temporary solution: Because veneers are made of a very thin materials, they have a tendency to chip and break. Whenever this happens, they need to be repaired or replaced, which can be an expensive process.|
|Invisible during treatment: With modern invisible orthodontics, you can get permanent orthodontic treatment using clear, removable aligners instead of metal braces.||Limited life span: Even if they don't chip or break, veneers have a life span of 5-12 years depending on the quality of the veneer. At this point, you will have no choice but to replace the veneers.|
|Healthier alternative: In addition to the cosmetic benefits of orthodontic treatment, there are also health issues that should be considered. Crooked teeth can increase your risk of gum disease and studies have shown that gum disease increases your risk of developing heart disease.||Veneers can not always achieve the ideal outcome: Veneers effectively work by masking an underlying dental or orthodontic problem. In many instances it is not possible to mask gapped or misaligned teeth.|
|Most importantly: Veneers are purely cosmetic and do nothing to address the health problems associated with the teeth or bite.|
As you can see, dental veneers are a temporary solution that have life-long consequences and will cost you significantly more money in the long run than addressing the underlying issue.