I am going to get braces in a week to correct a biting problem. My front teeth are inverted slighly. Would veneers correct this problem or should I continue with my plan for braces?
– Sandra in California
I’m not sure what you mean by your front teeth being inverted slightly. Do you mean that they’re tipped inward?
Porcelain veneers will for sure correct any appearance problem with your teeth, other than severe crowding. And if the front teeth are tipped inward, they will make them look straight. But generally they don’t correct functional problems. Sometimes they can. Doing porcelain crowns does more to correct functional problems.
Generally, if braces will correct a problem, I lean toward braces. That way you’re left with your natural teeth and nothing artificial bonded to them. But we most like to use Invisalign invisible braces for adults – it’s faster, more comfortable, more esthetic, and easier to keep your teeth clean with Invisalign than with traditional wire and bracket braces.
If you want to weigh the pros and cons of both approaches and get a professional opinion for your specific situation, I would recommend going to a dentist with expertise in cosmetic dentistry AND Invisalign. That way he or she has the experience and expertise to give you the whole story and doesn’t feel under any pressure to steer you one way or the other.
Read about the options for fixing crooked teeth.