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Orthodontics vs cosmetic dentistry

We are often asked what the difference is between having your teeth straightened with orthodontic treatment, and having cosmetic dentistry to disguise any imperfections.

Here is a brief breakdown of the pros and cons of the two:

Orthodontics

  • Solves the problem, doesn’t disguise it.
  • Permanent. (You may need to wear a retainer at times).
  • Completely natural – all your natural tooth is conserved.

Cosmetic dentistry

  • Disguises the problem rather than solving it.
  • Not permanent – treatments will generally last around 15 years.
  • Teeth often need preparing for treatment, which can mean removing some of your natural tooth material.

Orthodontics also carries other advantages. For example it can make your teeth easier to clean, which means there is less risk of decay or gum disease.

It will also ensure that your teeth meet together properly, which means there is less stress on your jaw joint and surrounding muscles. This can in turn help relieve regular problems such as headaches, migraines and neck, back or shoulder pain.

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