If you’re an adult, odds are you don’t want to get metal braces. With so many treatments available today, you don’t actually need to get metal braces. Unfortunately, all orthodontic treatments take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to complete. For patients with mild problems, orthodontics might be skipped altogether by utilizing one cosmetic dentistry treatment; porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers at Smile Columbia might be your golden ticket to achieving a perfect smile practically overnight. Discover how porcelain veneers can help you avoid braces.

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How Porcelain Veneers Can Help You Avoid Braces

If you don’t want to go through an entire orthodontic treatment, we completely understand. With porcelain veneers, you can achieve a perfect smile in just two visits. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain material that are shaped to fit over your teeth. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Hahn, can work with our dental lab to craft your veneers into any shape he wants. With this concept in mind, Dr. Hahn can shape your veneers to cover up gaps or mildly crooked teeth in your mouth. Think of it as putting a mask over your teeth, only, your mask never comes off.

During a consultation with Dr. Hahn, he will evaluate if porcelain veneers can hide your minor flaws that would otherwise require braces to fix. If you are a good candidate, he will take impressions of your teeth and design your veneers. Each veneer is shaped to cover the flaws in your mouth. When they return from the lab, Dr. Hahn will bond them to your teeth and your smile is instantly perfected without the annoyance of braces.

The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers Over Braces

There are a few different advantages to choose porcelain veneers over braces. Explore all of the advantages before you contact Dr. Hahn for your porcelain veneers consultation.

Instant Results = Instant Orthodontics

One of the biggest advantages of veneers versus orthodontics is you gain instant smile results in just two appointments. They’re so fast that we sometimes call them instant orthodontics. Instead of moving your teeth with braces, veneers cover the front of your teeth to mask gaps and minor misalignments. In two simple appointments, you will achieve a brand new smile.

During the first appointment, Dr. Hahn will examine your smile to see how many veneers it will take to accomplish your goals. Then, once you agree to the treatment, he will prep your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel. Afterward, he will take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab.

In the meantime, you will wear temporary veneers until your permanent pair returns from the lab. After they return, Dr. Hahn will bond them to your teeth and make any final adjustments. Your veneers will enhance the appearance of your smile instantly—no orthodontics necessary.

If you’re short on time and want a perfect smile quickly, porcelain veneers are your best bet. 

Little to No Discomfort

In addition, porcelain veneers cause little to no discomfort for less than a week. You may only experience discomfort after Dr. Hanh preps your teeth for the veneers. However, the pain is minimal and easily controllable with over-the-counter pain medications.

Braces, on the other hand, can include months or years of pain and sore jaws. In addition, if you opt for metal braces instead of Invisalign, the first few weeks are quite rough on your cheeks and lips. Your cheeks and lips have to build up calluses from the pointy brackets scraping against the sides of your mouth.

Until you build up the callus, your cheeks and lips will feel painful. 

No Food Restrictions

With veneers, you don’t have to think twice about whether or not you can eat something. With braces, you’re given a list of foods you can’t eat for the duration of treatment. Otherwise, eating those foods can damage the braces. This means no nuts, candy, or hard bread for up to two years.

You can opt for Invisalign treatment which provides you with removable aligners that allow you to eat whatever you want during treatment. However, you have to brush your teeth after every meal which can feel bothersome to do for up to two years.

If you want to live your life without food restrictions or annoying eating rules, porcelain veneers are the better option.

No Lifestyle Changes

With porcelain veneers, you never have to deal with brackets or wires, or clear aligners. You can continue living your life the way it was before you had veneers, only with a better smile. You don’t have to use special floss, or brush your teeth 10 times a day.

With veneers, nothing in your life or daily habits has to change.

Addresses Multiple Concerns in One Treatment

The last advantage of porcelain veneers over braces is that it addresses multiple problems at once. Porcelain veneers can hide chips, cracks, stains, wear, and also reshape, resize, and whiten teeth all at once. No orthodontic treatment will give you straighter, whiter, more symmetrical teeth in the same treatment.

Of course, you can get braces and then veneers, but why get two treatments when you can just get one?

Get Porcelain Veneers in Columbia, SC Today

If you want to avoid an orthodontic treatment and opt for porcelain veneers instead, please call Smile Columbia to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist in Columbia, SC at (803) 781-9090.