Braces and veneers both create beautiful smiles. Deciding which option to choose depends on the results you are looking for, the time it takes for each process, and the overall health of your teeth. The first consultation with your dentist will determine which choice is appropriate according to your needs and overall oral health.

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If your teeth are overcrowded, correcting with braces may be the best option. Fixing overcrowding with braces prevents decay that is caused when food particles get stuck between tight fitting teeth. When your teeth are overcrowded, removing these particles is nearly impossible, which can lead to early decay and breakage of teeth. Not only will you have a straight smile after wearing braces; your teeth will have the proper spacing and alignment, creating a smile that is much easier to maintain and preserve.

Modern dentistry provides various options for traditional braces, including different colored wires and invisible braces for those who do not want metal braces. Invisible braces are virtually undetectable by the general public and straighten teeth as well as traditional braces.

How Can Porcelain Veneers Improve Your Smile?

Porcelain veneers are perfect for those with chipped, cracked or broken teeth as well as teeth that are mildly misaligned. Porcelain veneers are easy to apply creating an instant new smile and last many years with proper care. Most veneer corrections can be completed with just a few visits to the dentist.

Your dentist crafts the veneers to match the natural shape and size of your teeth in the color of choice; next a paper thin layer of enamel is removed and each veneer is attached with a bonding agent. Veneers work perfect for correcting imperfections, with the overall process being much quicker than braces. A prototype smile can be applied before the porcelain veneers are placed permanently on your teeth to insure you are happy with your new smile.

Find Out What’s Best For You

Being well informed is the best way to make good choices.  If you would like to know more, call us at (408) 354-5600. You can also schedule a complimentary consultation with us, and we’ll help determine which choice is right for you.