There has been some speculation lately about a certain young celebrity’s teeth. Miss Miley Cyrus, a young woman I have heard of, but never met, has suddenly appeared with a brighter, straighter, and more stunning smile. Overnight she has emerged with what appears to be veneers and a thousand watt smile. This will, inevitably, lead thousands of teens to ask why they have to get braces, when pop idol Miss Cyrus bypassed them and went straight to perfect teeth.
Veneers and braces are very different applications. Veneers require filing down the natural tooth, a permanent change. Committing to veneers is an expensive and life long commitment. Typically, they cost more in the long run than braces. It takes several weeks to get used to them, and it can be very uncomfortable. But the result is a beautiful one, but a bit unnatural looking. Veneers can be spotted in many wearers. The teeth are so perfect and noticeable that they do not appear to be natural.
Braces do take longer, but provide a more natural result. New technology has emerged that make braces more comfortable, faster, less obtrusive, and more predictable. Techniques like SureSmile®, which integrates digital imaging, computer modeling, robotic technology and high-tech materials to provide a more accurate treatment plan, mean significantly less time with braces than other orthodontic treatments, fewer appointments and less pain and discomfort. This is a major plus for teenagers (and adults) dreading years of braces.
Even if you have Miley Cyrus’ pocketbook and entourage to get you through the recovery, veneers will not be recommended for a teenager. Until the patient is certain that their teeth will not shift or move, veneers are not a good option. Even filed down with a veneer over it, the natural teeth will shift and move.
So why did Miley do it if it isn’t a wise choice? That’s up to her and her parents. I can’t answer that. But I can answer your questions about your specific situation. Contact my office to find out what your best options will be to a better smile.