Cosmetic Dentistry Without Braces?

Many of us are excited at the notion at getting a new smile with cosmetic dentistry. We want Porcelain Veneers or Lumineers to transform our appearance so we can regain that long lost confidence that we’ve been longing for. We visit our local cosmetic dentist, and all of a sudden during the treatment examination, they mention to you that you will need braces prior to any cosmetic work!

The last thing you are wanting is to get a bunch of metal in your mouth for almost two years. But are braces some times necessary prior to cosmetic dental treatment? The short answer is yes, but only select cases. We will go over some scenarios where braces will be necessary, and we will give a thorough explanation as to why this is the case.

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What Types Of Cases Are Braces Needed Prior to Cosmetic Dentistry?

  1. Large gaps or spaces between teeth: If you have very large spaces and gaps in between your teeth, then there is a high likelihood that you will need braces prior to receiving dental veneers. The reason for this is because the veneers would have to shaped so large to close those gaps. This will lead into veneers that are too large and will not look proportional to your face. This will leave you very unhappy, and wondering why you went through with the procedure in the first place.
  2. Severe crowding on your front teeth: If you have severe crowding on your front teeth, or your teeth are severely crooked, then you will more than likely need a set of braces to straighten your teeth prior to any form of cosmetic dentistry (veneers or lumineers). The reason for this is there just won’t be enough space for the fabrication of the porcelain veneers when such crowding is present.
  3. Severe overbite: When you have a severe overbite, your biting functions are severely hindered. If cosmetic dentistry is performed on these patients prior to braces then there is a high chance that your veneers will either debond or continuously break off. Sometimes a full mouth rehabilitation can help these patients establish a beautiful smile while fixing their overbite at the same time.
  4. Severe underbite: Similarly, for a severe underbite , your biting function is mal-aligned. This can cause serious function problems if cosmetic dentistry is performed on these patients. Braces is strongly recommended for these patients, and severe jaw-related underbite cases may even end up needing jaw surgery prior to any cosmetic work.
  5. Severe Openbite: Another condition, known as an openbite, is when your front teeth are flared out and there is a space when your bite on your back teeth. This condition can only be corrected with braces or a combination of braces and jaw surgery.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Options Without Needing Braces

There are a few options that someone has to get a radiant smile without needing braces. One of these options is Invisalign. Invisalign uses a set of clear retainers to slowly fix crowding and spacing problems, resulting in the beautiful smile that people want. It is not a solution, however, to correct severe biting issues that we mentioned earlier in this article.

Another option includes jaw surgery in combination with cosmetic dentistry. Those who are suffering for biting issues, can have jaw surgery with either an oral surgeon or a plastic surgeon. After they have healed from the procedure, a set of veneers can be created that are functional and look amazing.

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Check with you cosmetic dentist to see if cosmetic dentistry can be achieved without the need for braces. Make sure a skilled professional is working on your teeth, otherwise you may be unforeseen problems that can really hinder your daily life.