Veneers vs. Braces: Which Is Right for Your Perfect Smile?

Dec 11, 2023
 Veneers vs. Braces: Which Is Right for Your Perfect Smile?
Promo: Millions of people are self-conscious about how they look when they smile. Veneers and braces can improve it, but which is the best choice for you? 

A smile conveys more than being happy. For example, for prospective employers, it can signify intelligence and a professional attitude. For friends and loved ones, it can indicate an open and outgoing personality. Therefore, damaged or crooked teeth are reasons you may avoid smiling. It can cause anxiety that makes interacting with others challenging. 

Fortunately, several dental treatments can improve your smile and make you feel better about yourself, including veneers and braces. To determine which dental appliance is best for your needs, let’s examine the differences and the pros and cons. If you live in Richmond Hill, Georgia, and want an improved smile, Dr. Nils Anderson and our skilled staff at Village Dental can help.

The differences between veneers and braces

Both methods improve the appearance of your smile, but they go about it in different ways:


These coverings attach to the front of your teeth using porcelain, resin, or composite materials to mask chips, cracks, stains, discoloration, gaps, unevenness, and misalignments.

Porcelain veneers are the most durable, stain-resistant, sturdy, and long-lasting, while the resin and composite versions are easier to apply, can be done in a single session, and are cheaper. That said, they also don’t last as long as their porcelain counterparts. 


Braces straighten teeth over time by applying mild pressure. There are many types of braces, including ceramic, self-ligating, invisible aligners, and lingual braces. Each type provides straight teeth, and the process can last several months up to several years.

Advantages and disadvantages

Let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages:

Veneer advantages

  • Perfect for cosmetic changes
  • Quick process
  • Minimal aftercare instructions
  • Long lasting (between 15-20 years if well cared for)

Veneer disadvantages

  • Irreversible procedure — your teeth are shaved down for them to fit
  • Can’t be used to treat underlying dental problems like cavities
  • Will need replacing over time
  • Not suitable for people who grind their teeth

Braces advantages

  • Your natural teeth remain intact
  • Effective for treating several malocclusions
  • Treats symptoms of tooth problems (pain, trouble eating, tooth decay)
  • Make teeth easier to clean


  • Longer treatment time
  • Long term aftercare — retainers are needed to maintain results
  • Initial discomfort and irritation of your tongue and cheeks
  • Oral hygiene routine can be challenging

The solution that works best for you depends on your dental problems. Our friendly team can help direct you to the best option. Make an appointment with Dr. Anderson and Village Dental today to improve your smile.