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Straightening and Whitening Teeth: Lingual Braces and Veneers
If you are like most people, you would love to have straight teeth and a whiter smile. Having perfect teeth can make you look and feel more confident. This applies whether you are a teenager or an adult.
When it comes to cosmetic dental procedures, most adults place an emphasis on their children. They will often forgo treatments themselves to provide for them. However, it is important to note that it is never too late for a beautiful smile. Even if you are an adult, you can still have straighter and whiter teeth. More than 3 million American teenagers have braces to straighten their teeth and about one in five orthodontic patients are adults.
Lingual braces and veneers offer an option that is often attractive to adults. They do not leave your mouth full of visible metal and no one will even know you are wearing them. All they will see is your beautiful healthy smile.
What Is the Difference between Lingual Braces and Veneers?
If you have checked into how to get a better smile you might have wondered, what is the difference between lingual braces and veneers? The short answer is that lingual braces are used to straighten the teeth and veneers are used to improve the shape and color of your teeth. Used together, they can help to give you a perfect smile.
When it comes to straightening teeth, you have three options available. The first is traditional metal braces that go on the outside of the teeth. Many adults do not opt for this option because they are unsightly and can make situations such as a business luncheon awkward.
The second option is lingual braces. These are similar to traditional braces that go on the front of the teeth, only they are placed behind the teeth. They work in much the same way as traditional braces, only no one can see them because they are behind the teeth. This is an option chosen by many adults.
The third option is removable devices such as Invisalign, which involves a series of customized plates that help move the teeth. These are more expensive but can be removed for special occasions or dining out.
There are many considerations when choosing the type of teeth straightening that you wish to use, but that is only half of the equation. If you are going to the trouble to straighten your teeth, you want to have the whitest teeth possible and with the most attractive shape. This is where veneers come in.
How Does Veneers Work on Teeth?
Veneers can help fix teeth that are worn down, stained, misaligned, irregularly shaped, or that have gaps between them. You might be asking, how do veneers work on teeth?
Veneers are custom-made shells that are tooth colored and are used to cover the surface of the teeth. They are bonded to the front of the teeth and can change their size, length, shape, and color. They can make be made from a variety of materials including porcelain and composite materials.
The advantage of porcelain veneers is that they are more stain resistant than resin veneers. They also look more natural because they reflect the light in much the same way that a natural tooth does. Which veneer material you choose depends on several factors, such as your eating habits, whether you drink coffee or tea, or whether you need something stronger. You can discuss the many different options that you have for veneers with your cosmetic dentist and choose what is right for you.
Is Lingual Braces Painful?
Before you decide to get the procedure, your first question might be, are lingual braces painful? The main advantage to lingual braces over traditional braces on the front of the teeth is that they are hidden from sight. As the teeth move, they are painful, just as front placed braces.
There is also the additional factor of having the metal behind the tongue. This can cause problems with speaking, and it is possible to cut the tongue on them. Most people adjust to them quite quickly and find that they are no problem after the first few weeks.
This type of braces can also be more difficult to brush and maintain. This can increase the risk of tooth decay or infection. However, if you want straight teeth and cannot stand the thought of having braces on the front of your teeth, this can be an excellent option.
Can You Combine Lingual Braces and Veneers?
Veneers have an immediate effect on improving your smile, but lingual braces take some time to straighten your teeth. The best news is that you can have lingual braces and veneers at the same time. If you have crowns, you can still have lingual braces. As long as veneers and crowns are intact and in good shape, having lingual braces should not harm them.
It is possible to have veneers on the top and lingual braces on the bottom at the same time. This will make an immediate improvement because you will have perfect teeth on top, which is the part that shows most often when you smile. You can also have lingual braces on the same teeth that have veneers in most cases. Your orthodontist will do an inspection to make sure your veneers are in good shape before putting on the braces. At worst, you may need to have a veneer replaced before the lingual braces are placed.
Of course, everyone’s situation is different if they already have crowns or veneers. The best person to talk to is someone who is experienced in lingual braces on both adults and children. The orthodontists at Gluck Orthodontics have years of experience and the latest training and technology to give you the smile you deserve. You can talk to them about your special circumstances and needs. They can give you the best advice for your situation. Having a beautiful smile is only a phone call away.
If you want to have the perfect smile with straighter, whiter teeth, give the professionals at Gluck Orthodontics a call today and schedule your first appointment.
2002 Richard Jones Road
Nashville, TN 37215
Phone: 615 269 5903
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Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.