One of the most frequently asked questions from patients is whether they should straighten their teeth before getting porcelain veneers.
The porcelain veneers are bonded to the front surface of your natural teeth, so there is definitely an impact on your smile. So, what is the answer?
Well, there isn’t a yes or no about this. Ultimately, it depends on what you want your smile to look like. Many people are concerned that if they’ve got crooked teeth, they wouldn’t be able to get porcelain veneers. When you look at your smile in the mirror, you will want your smile to look a certain way. This will impact the size, shape and alignment of your teeth to get the smile you’ve always wanted. Therefore, there are many components to consider that will help you answer this question.
If your smile is straight enough already straight smile already, then there is a higher chance of porcelain veneers being right for you. Although, this doesn’t mean that porcelain veneers can’t be fitted if you’ve crooked teeth.
So, What’s The Answer?
Porcelain veneers can be applied to either straight or crooked teeth. There is no requirement to have a perfectly straight smile before applying porcelain veneers. Although, it is a recommendation by dentists that a straight smile will ensure that there are no future concerns with your natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front tooth surface, and if your natural teeth get damaged in any way, this will cause the porcelain veneers to fall off. It is difficult to apply porcelain veneers to a tooth surface if it is not wholly displayed and is obscured by another tooth.
Therefore, small crooks and misalignments are accepted as part of porcelain veneer treatment. Although, it is a recommendation to get them straightened if possible.
How Can I Get My Teeth Straightened?
Here are some available dental treatments you can try in order to get your teeth straightened before applying porcelain veneers:
- Invisalign – Invisalign are clear, transparent aligners applied to push your upper and lower teeth gradually into position with gentle pressure. It would require to be worn for most of the day under a treatment plan.
- Traditional Braces – Traditional braces have always been the best option for years until dentistry became more modernized. Metal brackets are placed onto your teeth with adhesive, connected by wiring. They require tightening regularly at the dentist so that the correct force is applied when needed.
- Lingual Braces – Lingual braces are fitted with brackets and wires just like traditional braces, but are placed on the back of your teeth as opposed to the front. This means they are virtually invisible to the public eye.
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