• Teodora Todorova

Treatment Options Alternative to Braces

Crooked or improper teeth can be a pain, literally and figuratively. Orthodontists have been straightening teeth for many years but probably you will be delighted to know that there is more than one treatment option that you can choose from.


Veneers


These are porcelain “shells” sealed over your teeth while eradicating problems and issues like spacing, discoloured or stained teeth, and mildly crowded teeth.

Although veneers are a quick way to solve a rather troublesome problem, you still need to have some patience. The treatment begins with your dentist shaving down part of your enamel to adjust the veneers onto the teeth. If you’re wondering whether your enamel can grow back again or not, the answer is a straight no. Once your enamel is removed, it cannot be undone, so before committing to veneers make sure you’re aware of the pros and cons of this treatment. Usually, the dentist “shaves” down a small portion or your enamel but this largely depends on your teeth.


The positive side is that veneers need less visits to fix your smile. Unlike orthodontic alternatives, this option is slightly more time convenient as you won’t have to trouble yourself with the dentist again and again. Also, veneers don’t stain. Porcelain is stain resistant. But they still will need a replacement if any of them brakes. And in general, they should last you 10-15 years and then eventually you will need to have your veneers replaced. Is it worth it to have the same, expensive treatment twice? If you’re up to pay the price, then this option seems like a good shot to grab the smile of your desires.


Composite Bonding


Composite Bonding is a type of treatment where we use a resin material (composite) to make cosmetic adjustments to your teeth. Once your teeth are shaped to perfection by the dentist, you’re free to leave. This treatment is affordable, and costs less compared to the other options, but it is because the resin material used in bonding is not that sturdy compared to the porcelain. If you chew or bite hard while eating, your perfect smile may tone down a bit.

However, dental bonding is ideal for people who are afraid of needles and pain. Since the dentist will only fix your teeth with a material, in most cases you won’t be required to have anaesthesia. Additionally, bonding is quick and provides instant results that would rather take you a longer time. But this means that the results are only short-term. After probably 4 to 6 years dental bonding will start changing and will require a replacement. You have to bear in mind, that composite gets discoloured easier, so you may need to be more mindful about your diet.


The biggest advantage of this treatment is the fact, that your teeth will not need to be touched as with the ceramic veneers. In most of the cases this is an additive treatment, and if any tooth reshaping is needed, it will be so minor, that I will be hardly visible.

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