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Straighten Teeth with Porcelain Veneers and Braces or Just Veneers?

June 20, 2017

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Straighten Teeth with Porcelain Veneers and Braces or Just Veneers?

Severe crowding, flaring and tipping of teeth - corrected in one month with porcelain veneers.

Severe crowding, flaring and tipping of teeth – corrected in one month with porcelain veneers.

Severe crowding, flaring and tipping of teeth - corrected in one month with porcelain veneers.

Severe crowding, flaring and tipping of teeth – corrected in two visits with porcelain veneers.

 

Should you straighten your teeth with Porcelain veneers and braces or just veneers?

 

 

The answer is not easy!  Braces are certainly not always needed.  See the photos here that show what is possible with porcelain veneers in our office!

There may be benefits depending on your choice of using porcelain veneers only or porcelain veneers and braces.  In general, if you choose to straighten your teeth with veneers without doing braces you can expect the following: (I will explain all in more detail below)

  1. Considerably shorter treatment time
  2. More shaping of your teeth
  3. There may need to be compromises in the result
  4. May or may not be longer treatment time in the dentist’s chair
  5. Treatment will probably be more expensive
  6. More of your teeth may need veneers than if you were to complete braces before your veneer treatment

Item (1) above:  Treatment that includes veneers and braces will often add 6 months or more to the overall treatment time)

Item (2) above:  When using veneers alone, your dentist will need to adjust just enough on your teeth to achieve your desired cosmetic result.  Your dentist should be able to review the pros and cons of this.  Ask a lot of questions so that you understand the treatment that is proposed.

Item (3) above:  Your dentist should be able to explain to you and/or show you photos and models that describe the result that you should achieve.  If may be that a slight compromise in the alignment of the teeth will still be wonderful for you and will save you months of treatment time and possibly a considerable amount of money.

Item (4) above:  If your dentist recommends veneers and braces it may be because just completing braces will decrease the number of veneers needed to achieve an ideal result.  Veneers and braces may both be recommended to achieve your goals as either one alone may not be enough.  Chipped or discolored teeth will still be chipped and discolored after braces.

Item (5) above:  The combination of veneers and braces will almost always be more expensive but the end result may be worth it!  Talk to your dentist to understand the recommendations.

Item (6) above:  This may or may not be true and will depend on your specific treatment!

Severe crowding, flaring and tipping of teeth - corrected in one month with porcelain veneers.

Severe crowding, flaring and tipping of teeth – corrected in one month with porcelain veneers.

Severe crowding, flaring and tipping of teeth - corrected in one month with porcelain veneers.

Severe crowding, flaring and tipping of teeth – corrected in one month with porcelain veneers.

Our office will often recommend the combination of veneers and braces to achieve a specific result but as you can see here, we can also make it look like you have been through several years of braces and yet your treatment time was only a month or so!  It is extremely important to select a dentist who excels at this type of treatment and who has your best interests at heart.  Please visit our web site at www.juiegillisdds.com for more information about our office.  Dr. Julie Gillis is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and was the very first dentist in Colorado to achieve this honor.  She now serves as an accreditation examiner for the AACD as well as on the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry.

 

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This information shared with you by Julie Gillis, DDS PC .  We feel that your dental health is the top priority, and if we can make your smile more attractive while improving your health that is wonderful! Dr. Gillis practices restorative and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, implants, crowns, bridges and periodontal care.  Our office website is www.juliegillisds.com.  For further information, please contact us at (970) 242-3635.

Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS,

“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”

 

Porcelain Veneers – No Wonder They Have Been Called “Instant Orthodontics!”

November 16, 2012

Color is good but not the alignment!

Porcelain Veneers or Instant Orthodontics?

Carla was concerned about her crooked anterior teeth and wanted to see what could be done to improve her smile.  We discussed the options and advantages/disadvantages of orthodontics and porcelain veneers or some combination of these two. Braces were an option to improve the alignment, but she did not want to do this.  Even if the teeth were aligned well there would still be problems of tooth wear, tooth chipping and less than beautiful tooth anatomy. Porcelain veneers can correct these issues as well as improve a smile in as little as two dental visits.  No wonder porcelain veneers have been considered ‘instant orthodontics’ – because the teeth may look like the patient has completed years of orthodontic treatment!

A natural looking, beautiful smile achieved with porcelain veneers!

 

Our office completed study models for Carla to preview what could be done with porcelain veneers.  She chose this plan and has been happy with this choice for years!  Please call us if you have questions about porcelain veneers or other dental treatment questions.

Before "Instant Orthodontics" and porcelain veneers

After "Instant Orthodontics" and porcelain veneers

 

Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.

The result after porcelain veneers?  A happy patient and a beautiful smile!

A beautiful smile after porcelain veneers!

We love to give our patient’s information and options about their dental treatment – cosmetic or otherwise!  Dr. Gillis has advanced training in cosmetic dentistry and is an Accredited Dentist with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Our office is dedicated to helping you save your teeth and helping you to maintain a healthy mouth.  We would be happy to answer your questions about porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, options for your treatment and your dental health! Please visit us on Facebook (see Julie Gillis DDS PC) or call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also email our office at jmgdds@qwestoffice.net for further information.

 

Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS,

“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”

1190 Bookcliff Ave. Suite 201, Grand Junction, CO 81501 USA
Julie M Gillis DDS Grand Junction, CO cosmetic, general, & restorative dentist. (970) 242-3635 (970) 242-8479 jgillis@juliegillisdds.com