Hi. One of the most frequently asked questions that I get all the time doing a consultation as a cosmetic dentist would be, “Do I need to straighten my teeth before getting veneers?” Now, that is a really good question because it really depends on what the outcome of the treatment is and what you envision your smile to be.
Now, when you look at your smile, you want to look at the size, the shape, the length and the alignment of your teeth, not to mention the broadness of your smile. So when you look at all of these components, those are the four to five different things that causes or makes a smile what it should be, a confident, nice, healthy smile.
When you straighten your teeth, using either Invisalign or braces or any other form of orthodontic treatment, it allows you to actually get your teeth straighter. So it focuses on the alignment of your teeth and the broadness of your smile. But it does not change the size, shape or length of your teeth. So if you’re happy with the size, shape and length of your teeth, then you probably only need to straighten your smile. However, if you know that the size, shape, length or even the colour isn’t something that you like and you want it changed, chances are straightening your teeth by itself will not give you the desired result because there are all these other factors that will not be changed, even after aligning your teeth with orthodontic treatment.
To answer your question whether you need to straighten your teeth before veneers, could be streamlined into two different areas. Now, if your teeth are relatively straight, meaning there’s a little crookedness in your teeth but you don’t like the size or the shape or the length or the colour of your smile, then chances are you may not need orthodontic treatment before doing veneers. However, if your teeth are really crooked and at the same time you don’t like the size and shape or length of your teeth, you may want to consider straightening your teeth first because without doing that, you may actually end up damaging your teeth a lot more than what it should be. So, of course, when you have this question in your mind, seek professional advice with a dentist or a cosmetic dentist of your choice, because he or she then can actually point you to the right direction.
In most cases, you potentially can get away without straightening your teeth before getting veneers. But, of course, it’s a case-by-case basis, and it’s not something that we can definitely diagnose from a distance. So ensure that you see someone that you trust so that you can get the best advice and move forward with the best treatment option for you. If you do need to straighten your teeth, then you might want to have a look at Invisalign. Invisalign uses a series of virtually invisible clear aligners that move your teeth into your desired position just like braces. This allows you to straighten your teeth without anyone noticing, and shift your teeth into the desired position before getting veneers.
In summary, you may need to straighten your teeth before getting veneers, depending on the severity of the misalignment of your teeth and what you want to achieve at the end. Remember, ask your dentist what your options are and explore whether you want or need to straighten your teeth in combination with veneers.
If you know that you’ve got friends or family who can benefit from this information and help them make a decision or gain some knowledge in terms of what to ask their dentist, feel free to share with them because if you share it with them, it might help them in making the right choice and the right choice for their teeth.