Fill the Gaps or Close Them: Veneers vs Braces

17 August 2015
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


A misshapen smile does not have to be permanent. With the right dental work you can improve the looks of your smile and not only boost your confidence, but open doors. Braces are a common approach to repairing damaged teeth, but you do not have to feel like braces are your only option. Instead, you can, in some situations, use veneers to get expedited results.

 An Analysis of Braces

Braces work by applying pressure to the teeth you want to move. While you might think that your teeth are solidly anchored in your jaw, the truth is that the right pressure can cause your teeth to move, and as they do, you can close gaps. Braces can be highly effective at moving teeth, but if a dentist applies too much pressure too quickly, the roots of your teeth can be damaged. Thus, moving teeth with braces is a slow process. Furthermore, if you have teeth that came in crooked, are stained, or have an uneven rough appearance, braces will do nothing to improve the look of your teeth. This is where having a second option is a good idea. 

An Analysis of Veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain crowns which are adhered to the front of teeth to change their appearance. In order to get good adhesion, a dentist will have to grind down teeth to make a nice flat surface. Veneers do not change the location of teeth. Instead, they only change their appearance. By adhering a crown that is wider than a tooth, a dentist can close gaps between your teeth and give your a much more even looking smile. Furthermore, veneers can hide crooked teeth, disguise stained teeth, and make your teeth look smooth and even instead of pitted. The best benefit of veneers is that you get results in a couple of visits instead of a couple of years. On the other hand, if problems with your bite are causing you pain, veneers will do nothing to restructure your bite or eliminate the pain. 

in the end, the choice between veneers and braces comes down to what your are trying to correct. If you only have cosmetic problems with your smile, then you do not need to spend the time or cope with the pain associated with braces. On the other hand, if you have structural issues with your bite, then you need the relief that can only come from braces. For more information, talk to a dentist.