Braces vs. Veneers

Want a Straighter, More Attractive Smile? You have Options!

Research doesn’t lie, and interesting findings from a Kelton consumer survey support the theory that we only get one chance to make a great first impression. In this study, researchers discovered that crooked teeth could prevent a person from desiring a second date with a potential mate. The study also points to the teeth as a major factor in making us memorable – or forgettable. Clearly, having a straight, attractive smile isn’t only about getting a second date, a job interview, or new friends; it is also about attaining a strong sense of self-esteem.

Are crooked teeth keeping you from feeling your best? The team at Mainland Dental Associates can help you! We go beyond the standard offering of conventional braces, though this is an excellent option for cases of moderate to severe malocclusion. Patients who visit our Pleasantville or Atlantic City office can also discuss the value of straightening teeth without braces, using the Invisalign system, and also of disguising slight misalignment using porcelain veneers. Here’s how these treatments compare . . .

Conventional Braces

Most people are familiar with metal braces. The appearance of brackets and wires is what gets the most attention. However, there are a few advantages to this treatment option that should be considered. The primary advantage is that braces can achieve movements that are not possible otherwise. For instance, if a tooth needs to be moved downward or upward, conventional orthodontia is the best method. Also, braces are ideal for complex orthodontic issues, such as severe protrusion of front teeth or malocclusion at the back of the mouth. Lastly, braces may be a better option for individuals who may struggle with consistent wear of removable fixtures.


Invisalign in Pleasantville and Atlantic City NJWhat do patients love about Invisalign? Just about everything! This removable aligner method of straightening teeth is the most discreet treatment available today. Aligners must be worn about 22 hours a day; they are designed to be removed only for meals and oral hygiene. This creates ultimate convenience, but also the risk of aligners being lost or accidentally thrown away. On the up-side, Invisalign lets you straighten your teeth without the telltale appearance of brackets and wires.

Porcelain Veneers

The primary goal in porcelain veneer treatment is to improve the appearance of the smile. If a tooth is turned, it can be made to appear straight through the placement of a custom-designed porcelain cover. Porcelain veneers do not move teeth, but they make the smile look naturally beautiful. One of the notable advantages of this option is that the smile can be transformed in only a few visits.

Learn how we can help you have a healthier, more attractive smile. Call Mainland Dental Associates in Pleasantville.

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