Dental veneers ( porcelain veneers ) are thin, tooth-colored shells that are attached to the front surface of teeth to improve their color, shape, size, or length. This popular cosmetic dental treatment can correct a number of aesthetic concerns in just two weeks.
The alternative option to improve the teeth's appearance is orthodontic treatment ( braces ). The advantages and disadvantages of these two treatments are:
Braces are more conservative. Veneers require to remove a thin layer of tooth structure.
Veneers only need 2 weeks, while braces may need 2 years.
Braces can not change teeth's shape and size, only make them straight. Veneers can change shape and size of teeth, but it may be difficult for veneers to make teeth straight if they are too crooked.
Braces can not change teeth color without teeth whitening. Veneers can change teeth's color beyond what teeth whitening can achieve.
This case presented crowded front teeth, open bite and posterior crossbite. Whitening and veneers were chosen as treatment option to improve top front teeth's appearance.
After 2 week's at-home teeth whitening, we preferred the veneers to match this natural white color than the Hollywood White, but it's purely a personal choice.
The final veneers and smile were satisfactory. It improved the color, shape, size and biting of the top front teeth.