When it comes to wanting straight teeth, you have a couple of options. You can opt for the traditional orthodontic route: braces or Invisalign. Or, you can get porcelain veneers.
Both routes have their pros and cons. So, how do you know which one to choose? Today, we’re going to talk you through the differences between porcelain veneers and braces. So, you can make an informed decision on what’s best for your unique needs.
Pros and Cons of Traditional Braces
Pros: One of the reasons that traditional braces might be a good route for you is that they’re non-invasive. This means that you don’t have to remove any tooth material. You can correct crooked teeth with your natural smile.
Cons: However, we will admit that braces are a commitment. You’re going to have to wear them for a long time. Not to mention, you will need to get used to your appearance with metal in your mouth. With traditional braces, you’ll also need to get used to having food stuck in your brackets.
You’ll need to change your diet up, avoiding certain food like sticky candies, gum, or hard foods that might break your brackets.
With traditional braces, you’ll need to take more time to brush and floss more frequently. Dental decay isn’t uncommon from food that gets trapped in brackets and shifting teeth.
Another common issue with traditional braces is they can cause your teeth to feel sore. Even after wearing your braces for the entire treatment period, your teeth are susceptible to relapse. If you don’t wear your retainer for the recommended time after treatment, your teeth can shift back to their previous positions.
Traditional braces also don’t do anything to fix the shade of your teeth. So, if you’re suffering from yellow teeth, chances are they will become unevenly colored over your orthodontic treatment.
Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers
Pros: Porcelain veneers are instantly gratifying. The entire process takes about 2 weeks. You don’t have to wait for your teeth to shift. Not to mention, you don’t have to worry about tooth discoloration.
With porcelain veneers, your teeth are automatically straight and white. You can choose the shade you’d like, appearing a natural tooth color or vibrantly white. If you’re a cigarette smoker, drink coffee or suffer from discolorations from medication, veneers are an easy way to permanently enhance the color of your teeth.
Veneers are effective for filling in small gaps in your teeth. Not to mention, they’re sturdy, so your diet won’t be compromised.
If you have sensitive teeth, veneers are an easy way to cover your teeth, reducing your sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
Cons: One of the biggest pitfalls to veneers is that they require a semi-invasive treatment. Typically, veneers are complete within 2-3 appointments.
Your treatment will require a minor anesthesia, then the teeth will be prepared by shaving away some of the enamel to make room for the porcelain covering.
Your tooth will be fitted with a custom veneer and worn for a week, ensuring that you’re comfortable and happy with your new smile.
One of the pitfalls of choosing veneers over traditional braces is that you’ll need to be careful how you eat certain foods.
For instance, you’ll still be able to eat apples, you just need to be careful about eating apples off the core. With that being said, it’s better to cut your apple or hard foods into small manageable bites, so it doesn’t compromise the integrity of the veneer.