Cosmetic Dental treatments such as veneers and composite bonding are the preferred choice for a lot of patients as they can deliver stunning results in a short space of time. By opting for these treatments, not only can we whiten your teeth, but we can also make them appear straighter. The same results can be achieved through the use of braces, although the length of treatment time is considerably different. Opting for braces, however, will move your teeth without adding any unnatural material to them, meaning that once you have your braces removed, you'll be left with completely natural and straight teeth.
Whether the treatment is right for you or not is entirely dependent on the individual but the only way to properly decide is to understand what each of the treatment types is and how they can benefit you. For those who want quick results and a minimal number of appointments, cosmetic treatments are a great choice. They also allow for more specific results as, in the case of composite bonding, we're able to alter the shape of the tooth. This allows us to sculpt the tooth, altering it to make it appear straighter, whereas, with braces, they can only be moved, not reshaped.
Orthodontic treatment, such as standard metal braces, are common amongst teenagers, as this is often the age that dental issues show through and have likely persisted for a few years. This leads to them getting braces to straighten their teeth before they leave school. As an adult, this can pose a different set of challenges, as it can be difficult navigating life with braces on top of your natural stresses. Adults who work in customer service or are particularly sociable often have a lot of anxiety towards having their teeth covered. With metal braces, they will hide your smile, although the results at the end will be worth the time spent wearing them. Cosmetic options, however, can achieve similar results, without hiding your smile. Cosmetic braces, such as Clear X Aligners, can achieve incredible results but appear invisible when worn. This is a great option for adults and allows them to achieve their perfect smile without having to hide their smile for the duration of the treatment.