Having a great smile can lead to many positive things in life, including a better romantic life, more confidence in social and professional settings, and more. Many studies have shown that those who are more confident with their oral health experience more happiness overall.

For some people with dental issues, getting that picture-perfect smile can seem like a pipe dream. But in reality, with help and guidance from your dentist, just about anyone can achieve a gorgeous smile.

Should you get braces or veneers for a better smile?

In some situations, it may be that braces are a viable option for you if all you’re looking to do is straighten out your teeth. Teeth that are otherwise healthy can be shifted to form a straighter smile. Clear aligners like Invisalign may also be an option.

Meanwhile, dental veneers are a thin layer of porcelain or other similar material, and they’re made to fit around your teeth to give a more natural and attractive look. Veneers are a great option for those experiencing certain dental issues that braces or aligners may not be able to address. Some of these oral issues may include:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Decaying or chipped teeth
  • Poorly-shaped or gapped teeth
  • Misaligned teeth that cannot be shifted

One benefit to dental veneers is that the materials are made to be more resistant to stains from foods like coffee and tea, and often do a better job at preventing build-up than natural teeth.

Veneers also offer a quicker solution for gorgeous-looking teeth. Braces and aligners may take months, even a year, to provide you the smile you’re looking for.

How do I know if dental veneers are right for me?

If you’re ready to explore options for getting that beautiful smile, then it’s time to book an appointment with your dentist. They will be able to assess your current oral health and situation and provide you with a custom plan for a better smile.

Porcelain veneers, much like other cosmetic dental procedures, still require you to have a great dental hygiene routine. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you how to care for your new veneers.

Long Beach Cosmetic dentist Dr. Stephen Coates and his experienced team have been helping patients for decade achieve that perfect smile. Let us help you decide if dental veneers are a good option for you.

Book your appointment online now, or call us at 562-434-6414.