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Veneers, Braces and Invisalign –Which teeth straightening method is best for you?

Beauty queens, movie stars and fashion models, what do they all have in common? Great smiles and perfect teeth. But of course in reality, most people’s teeth aren’t that perfect. Sometimes teeth can become crowded or crooked. They can also protrude, get out of alignment or have irregular spacing.

It’s a good thing that there are orthodontic treatments that can be used to align and correct your teeth for a more attractive and healthier smile.

In this post we’ll tackle the three most popular ways to straighten your teeth. Take a good, hard look at each one and try to determine which one is best for you.


Veneers are known as Dental Veneers, Porcelain Veneers, or Dental Porcelain Laminates. They are wafer-thin custom-made laminates that are designed to cover the front surface of teeth in order to improve its appearance.  Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials.  These laminates are customized in terms of color, shape, size or length, and then bonded into the front of the teeth.

Veneers are used to fix teeth that are discoloured, worn down, chipped, broken, misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped.


  • They provide a natural tooth appearance
  • Tolerated well by gum tissue
  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant
  • It can make teeth appear whiter


  • The process is not reversible
  • Veneers are costly
  • They are not reparable if they chip or crack
  • Teeth may become more sensitive to hot or cold foods because enamel has been removed
  • The veneers may not exactly match the color of your teeth, and cannot be altered once in place
  • Not advisable for people who clench or grind their teeth


Dental or Orthodontic braces are used to straighten and align a person’s teeth. It can help position teeth at the correct angle as well as improve dental health. This treatment is most effective with children but it is also popular with a lot of adults who want to correct the defects in their teeth and jaw.

Dental braces typically consist of brackets and arch wires, as well as elastics that are used to hold the arch wires in place. The brackets can be composed of metal, ceramic, composite or a combination of these materials.

Braces work by constantly applying pressure into your teeth in order to move them into the necessary positions. To do this, one has to wear braces for at least 1 to 2 years.


  • Braces have a great track record of working really well
  • Effectively straightens teeth which lasts for many years
  • Very effective for children as it guides their growing teeth into the proper angles


  • High cost
  • Food gets caught in the wires  and it’s hard to eat certain types of foods
  • You need to clean your teeth thoroughly and regularly or else you’ll get a lot of cavities
  • There are cases when pitting happens in the surface of the tooth after the braces are removed
  • The  wire metal can chip or cut your gums
  • You have to wear retainers afterwards
  • Aesthetic appeal- the biggest drawback of braces is that they don’t look easy on the eyes and can be a cause for embarrassment


These types of aligners are virtually invisible and are made of a thermoplastic material that looks similar to teeth. They are also sometimes called, whitening trays. For this treatment, the user must wear the invisalign for at least one year, in order for their teeth to move into the desired position.


  • Almost invisible, at a distance you can’t tell that they’re there
  • Very comfortable to wear
  • Fewer emergencies – no wires poking out or gums getting damaged
  • Easy dental hygiene – because you can remove it before cleaning your teeth
  • You can eat or drink anything because you can remove your invisalign
  • If you wear it religiously, it will definitely work


  • You have to take them out when eating or cleaning your teeth, can be a bit of a hassle
  • If you don’t wear them as directed (22 hours each day), your teeth won’t move
  • Costlier than braces and most orthodontic treatments
  • Transient lisp – in the beginning, the wearer may experience a minor lisp and speech problems as he or she adjusts to wearing the invisalign

Veneers, braces and invisalign treatments all have their pros and cons and it’s up to you to choose which one suits your personality and lifestyle better. In the end, getting straighter teeth is more than just having a great smile. When you have straight and perfectly aligned teeth, it’s easier to brush, floss and clean, which means that you’ll have better chances of avoiding tooth decay and gum disease.


To find out which teeth straightening option is best for you, schedule an appointment today and visit our office at http://www.socalsmiles.net/appointments.





Posted by: SoCal Smiles Dentistry
Posted on: December 19th, 2011

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