Do I Need Straight Teeth Before I Get Veneers?

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If your smile is mildly crooked or gappy plus you don’t like the shape, colour, size and length.

You can get porcelain veneers if your teeth are slightly misaligned, chipped, gappy. Veneers allow you to quickly and effectively correct the position of your teeth. Because of this, veneers are sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics.”
For example, teeth that are positioned too far forward or backward can be reshaped so when veneers are applied, the alignment of your teeth improves, making your smile not only more attractive, but more functional.

Looking at this question in further detail, let’s break down the components of what makes up a beautiful smile and when we would recommend straightening the teeth prior to getting veneers:

Our smile is consists of the shape, length, proportions to our face, size and the alignment of our teeth. Plus it also consists of the broadness of our smile. Altogether there are about 5 components that make up a beautiful smile that will make us feel confident and have a healthy smile.

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If your smile is mildly crooked or gapp but you like the shape, colour, size and length.

When we straighten our teeth with either Invisalign or braces, it allows our teeth to become straighter. However it doesn’t change the colour, shape, length and proportions of our smile. So if you’re happy with everything else about your smile and it’s only the alignment that you wish to improve, then you probably only need to straight the teeth. However if you know the colour, shape, proportions and/ or the length is something you want to improve on, then chances are straightening the teeth by itself won’t be enough to give you the result you’ve wanting to achieve. All these factors won’t be changed by braces or Invisalign alone.

If your smile is very crooked and gappy + you don’t like the colour, shape, length and size.

To answer your question whether you need straight teeth before veneers, the short answer is no if your teeth are relatively straight and your teeth are mildly crooked or overlapping. However if your smile is very crooked and the teeth are protruding, plus you don’t like the colour and shape of your teeth, then it is possible that orthodontic treatment AND veneers is the best treatment plan for you.

Every smile is unique and it is very much a case-by-case basis as to whether or not the teeth need to be straightened first before getting veneers.

Would you like some assistance with your smile? We are here to help. Talk to us for more information or to find out how much composite and porcelain veneers cost. Simply call Melbourne’s experts in cosmetic dentistry on 9088 1118 to ask your skin question or email us a photo of your face at [email protected]

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