Braces versus Retainers: A Comprehensive Overveiw

Braces versus Retainers: A Comprehensive Overveiw

Options in cosmetic dentistry

by Lonnie Bryant

Cosmetic dentistry refers to all procedures that improve the appearance of teeth and generally help people feel more confident about their teeth. There are a number of reasons why people may choose to go to a cosmetic dentist. These reasons include stained, chipped, misshapen or misaligned teeth. The cosmetic dentist will understand their client's requirement and develop a treatment plan accordingly. There are various kinds of procedures that may be undertaken; these include the following. 

Teeth Whitening- This is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. Teeth can become stained and discoloured over time, and teeth whitening can help restore teeth to their former colour. There are several over-the-counter teeth whitening options available; however, the whitening procedure carried out by a cosmetic dentist produces long-lasting results and does not cause any damage to the teeth. This is usually done by creating a whitening mould specific to your teeth.

Dental implants- These are inserted in place of a missing tooth. The dental replacement is made from titanium is actually inserted in the bone socket and provides guidance for the new tooth to grow in the right direction.

Dental bonding- This procedure is to fix misshapen or chipped teeth. In this procedure a material that is the same colour as the tooth is shaped and applied to the tooth. UV light is then used to harden this material. The tooth is then polished and shaped by the dentist. This procedure is relatively cheap and can be used as an alternative to expensive fillings. 

Dentures- Dentures are used to replace entire rows of missing teeth. These are made by initially taking a mould of your teeth then using this mould to create customised teeth. The teeth improve a person's appearance and help them chew their food better. Dentures must be cleaned and maintained regularly.​

Veneers- These are used to improve the appearance of extremely discoloured teeth. These are around 0.5mm thick and are bonded to the front part of the teeth. These are quite expensive and must be maintained accordingly. 

Braces- Braces are used to straighten misaligned teeth. These must be applied for a long period of time and periodically adjusted to achieve results. Teeth may have to be removed to properly align teeth. Braces are also expensive but produce long-lasting results.

In order to determine the best course of action for your teeth, you must have a thorough discussion with your dentist.


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Braces versus Retainers: A Comprehensive Overveiw

There are more than two ways to straighten a smile, and in this blog, I plan to discuss them all. I plan to look at the differences between braces and retainers and explain why sometimes you may need them both. I look at the differences in cost, time commitment and efficacy. Personally, I have had a bit of experience with this subject – I had braces as a young teen, and I had a permanent retainer. In this blog, I discuss what I have learned, and I present all kinds of new information on the topic. Whether you are trying to make decisions for yourself or your child. I hope you find this information useful.