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Dental Health and Food: Learning to Eat Better

My intense love for candy, cakes, and everything in between started as a child. I simply couldn't go one day without something sweet to eat. But my love for all things sweet took a toll on my teeth. My dentist diagnosed me with seven cavities, each one a different size and depth. After sitting through four long dental appointments, I decided to make a change. I now monitor my diet and only eat things that benefit my oral health. I'm here to help you take better care of your teeth. My blog offers tips on how to improve your diet, maintain good oral hygiene, and many other topics. Hopefully, you can learn to overcome your bad habits just as I did. Good luck with your future dental health.


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How To Know If You Should Get Veneers Instead Of Braces

by Eric Bailey

Getting your teeth straightened can make a big impact on your overall looks. However, some people look at veneers and wonder if they can provide results for them that are worth skipping braces on. Here are the three things veneers can do for you that braces just can't.

Quick Results

Veneers are a very short process from start to completion. While braces require a long process of x-rays, dental molds, installing the braces, and then over the course of years tightening and adjusting them, veneers take far less time.

To get veneers, your dentist will examine your teeth to ensure that your teeth are healthy and ready for veneers. From there, they will take a custom mold of your teeth and the two of you will select the exact brand and type of veneers you want. An order will be sent out to have your veneers custom-made, and then they're put in place by your dentist. Instead of taking years, veneers can take just weeks.


Braces obviously don't do anything to whiten teeth, while veneers can give you the appearance of perfectly bright and healthy-looking teeth. This is in stark contrast to the problems that some people have after their braces are taken off.

Although braces themselves don't damage teeth and don't cause discoloration, poor oral hygiene while wearing braces can cause the teeth to appear discolored or translucent. This is due to enamel wearing down around the braces. In comparison, you can select the exact color of veneers you want and rest easy knowing that your teeth will look that bright and vibrant as soon as they're put in place.

Level Teeth

Lastly, braces are without a doubt the king of straightening teeth. However, they can't do anything to make your teeth appear more level.

If you grind your teeth, bite your nails, or have another chewing habit, you might have some teeth that are shorter than others. If you've never noticed it, take a close look in the mirror. Even if your teeth are straightened, your teeth will still look like they're not level, and therefore could harm your appearance when you smile.

Veneers are designed to give teeth a straight, symmetrical appearance, leveling off each tooth so that they match. This will improve the look of your smile right away.

Dental veneers can offer many of the same benefits that braces can, and a whole host of others that braces can't. Talk to a cosmetic dentist, like Rutherford Gregory S DDS , if you've been thinking about improving the look of your smile to find out how veneers can work for you.