I am trying to figure out if I should get veneers or 6 months smiles. My teeth are a bit overlapped but not terribly. I know that both ways can straighten my teeth pretty quickly. I think veneers cost more than braces but I don’t know if veneers are the right way to go. My age is 39 and I don’t have any decay in my teeth or anything like that to present any issues. Just looking for some advice on which option to go with. Adam
Adam – In order to properly advise you which treatment option is best, an examination and x-rays are needed.
A dentist would have to determine if you are a candidate for Six Months Smiles®, and if you are a candidate for porcelain veneers. If either treatment can work for your case, then the two can be compared in terms of results and cost.
You didn’t mention which teeth are overlapped, but porcelain veneers are used on the teeth that show when you smile—usually your front eight teeth. If multiple teeth are affected, the cost is per veneer. Veneers will change the appearance of your teeth to make them look like they are aligned. Teeth are lightly prepared so veneers will fit well and look natural. After your teeth have been prepared, the process cannot be reversed.
Six Month Smiles also only corrects the alignment of the teeth that show when you smile. But it’s orthodontic treatment, so your teeth will actually be aligned. Nothing will be permanently attached to your teeth. Your aligned teeth will be healthier and easier to keep clean. You will just need to wear a retainer to keep your smile aligned.
As far as cost is concerned, porcelain veneers cost significantly more than Six Months Smiles. Also consider your dental insurance. Most dental insurances provide some orthodontic benefits, but you won’t receive any benefits toward porcelain veneers.
We suggest that you schedule consultations with two or three highly trained dentists who are skilled in placing porcelain veneers, and skilled in Six Month Smiles. You will have a discussion about the pros and cons of each treatment, and get a better idea of the cost for each option, based on where you live and the dentist’s fees.
This post is sponsored by the San Jose dentists of Hillsdale Dental Care.