Are There Alternatives To Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are used for improving the appearance of a patient. They give the patient natural looking teeth and a bright smile. Dental veneers are not the solution for every patient though. Some patients may prefer other alternatives. The patient should make their decision based on their oral health condition, financial position, aesthetic goals and dentist recommendation. Whatever the reason might be to choose an option other than veneers, here are some alternatives that one can use. Other alternatives to dental veneers Orthodontic braces treatment Dental veneers are used in improving the appearance of slightly irregular teeth. They do not change the position of a tooth or correct existing chewing problems. If you are looking to correct overlapping, crooked teeth, crossover or under bite teeth conditions, orthodontic braces treatment may be the best choice. The process, although long, can straighten teeth and fix a misaligned jaw. One is supposed to wear the braces for a period of not less than one year, but the results are always worth the sacrifice. After their removal, they offer a lifetime beautiful and perfect smile. Dental bonding This is another alternative that can be used in smile correction. Dental bonding is a procedure where a substance of resin material, with a color similar to a natural tooth, is applied to the damaged tooth. The dentist applies the material on the surface of the tooth, and passes a special light over the area to harden the material. In this process, the natural tooth structure is not affected, unlike the application of dental veneers. The dental bonding is offered two ways; white filling and the composite veneers White filling: the material is applied only where there is tooth imperfection.                                                  Composite veneers:  these are made from the resin material used for dental bonding, unlike dental veneers that are made from ceramic. Dental bonding is used to repair minor cracks and tooth discoloration. The procedure is cheap and does not last very long as they are easily subject to stains and general wear and tear. Whitening treatments This type of treatment is very flexible. It can be done by a dentist or by an individual at home. In some cases, it can be referred to as an alternative to dental veneers if a patient’s intention is to change or restore the natural color of the teeth. If a patient needs alignment treatment, then the whitening treatment will not be of value. If you are interested in learning about options for correcting your teeth, please contact Dr. Peter Hazim at (972) 727-5599.  We are located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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