If you struggle with crowded/misaligned teeth and you never went through braces treatment as a child, you should know it is never too late to wear dental braces. However, there is quite a dispute going on nowadays regarding which treatment is best for misaligned teeth: is it dental braces or rather dental veneers that will work best?
Dental braces can help you straighten your teeth, but they come with a few drawbacks though. Firstly, dental braces are quite unsightly. The truly efficient dental braces are made with metal brackets which will show every time you will smile.
If you are an adult with a job you will not feel comfortable going to work 8 hours per day and constantly having to be careful not to smile because you don’t want anyone noticing you are wearing braces. Of course there are the Invisaligns available which are practically invisible, because they are made of clear plastic retainers.
The three drawbacks of the Invisaligns:
They are not able to efficiently straighten stubbornly crooked teeth (only metal braces can apply the needed force to make teeth shift properly)
You will need to check with your orthodontist approximately 16 times to get new aligners every two weeks. So if you decide to go for Invisaligns you need to be constant in your appointments.
Even after your teeth are straightened you might need to continue wearing retainers, so your crooked/misaligned teeth problem is not completely solved in fact
After intensive dental braces treatment most patients complain of discolored/badly stained teeth.
This is due to the fact that throughout the treatment food particles and debris get caught up between braces and teeth, so when the device comes off you are facing other dental issues: yellowish teeth, or even dental decay that has formed over time.
If you do not want to wear dental braces partly because you feel you cannot keep up with such a lengthy treatment and partly because you don’t want to put up with the after treatment problems…it is time to consider dental veneers.
The dental veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that cover up the outer surface of the tooth, helping you get the bright and white smile you always dreamed about.
Your natural teeth might require some work, such as reshaping, filing or even dental bonding before the dentist can fit the dental veneers. Sometimes, in case of stubbornly crowded teeth, dentists even advise extraction of the problematic tooth.
In any case, you should talk to your dentist and see which is the best dental reconstruction/cosmetic dental procedure that will help you get a beautiful and straight smile.
There are plenty of options available thanks to the advancements in cosmetic dentistry, you just need to select the procedure that meets your wishes, affordable budget and patience…