If you’re looking for that perfect smile, complete with healthy, aligned teeth, you’ll find that cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics have similar, yet different objectives. Both can help correct imperfections, transforming their patients’ smiles. Following are a few of the differences that will help you choose between cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics.
Veneers vs. Orthodontics
If you want to straighten misaligned teeth and achieve a beautiful smile, you’ve probably heard that veneers are a popular option and an alternative to braces. One of the reasons some people lean toward veneers is because they deliver immediate results, typically just involving a few visits to the dentist. They don’t typically require any special after care besides following a good oral hygiene regimen.
Instead of veneers, orthodontics can achieve spectacular results (without extractions), including braces and crown lengthening by removing extra gum tissue, making the gum line more even. In other words, we can transform smiles with braces and gum surgery (using a laser to create symmetry) instead of veneers. At E&S Orthodontics, your Phoenix Orthodontist, our goal is to keep your natural teeth instead of having any extracted. Having teeth removed can drastically change the appearance of the face and bone structure, thinning the lips and more, all factors that can also make you look older than your years.
Bottom line, braces leave your teeth intact, providing a non-invasive way to create a wide, beautiful smile. In addition, braces correct alignment issues with the bite and jaw, issues that can have an affect your overall health. While treatment takes longer, having patience will lead to long term results that cause less damage to your teeth.
Healthy, attractive smiles without extraction is always our priority and it should be yours as well. If you’re worried about your appearance, you’ll also be happy to know that braces today are available in discreet forms, including Invisalign and Damon systems.
If you have any additional questions regarding orthodontic vs. cosmetic dentistry, give us a call to schedule a complimentary consultation. We’ll be able to advise you on the pros and cons of both options and point you in the right direction for your specific needs.
Ousama El-Hillal, referred to as Dr. O by patients, staff and friends is an Orthodontist at E&S Orthodontics. He founded E&S Orthodontics with Dr. Saavedra in 2004. He is driven to create Wide Beautiful Smiles Without Extractions.