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Veneers

Dental veneers are custom-designed covers for teeth used for whitening or damage repair.

Can I get veneers if I have crooked teeth?

Kamini Talati (Port Saint Lucie, FL) on Sep 6, 2011
You can get veneers if you have crooked teeth, but to get an ideal smile you may need full coverage crowns. Each case is different. If you go for an esthetic consult, choose your dentist wisely.
Christopher Baer (Aurora, CO) on Sep 6, 2011
This is one of the top ten questions I get asked all the time, and the answer is - it depends. It depends on how crooked your teeth are. If your teeth are too far out of alignment, the integrity or strength of the tooth can be compromised and a lot of tooth structure might need to be removed in order to bring it back to alignment. Veneers are designed to be conservative- they are only 0.3mm to 0.5mm thin. The more tooth structure that needs to be removed, the more likely you are to need root canals and the higher the risk of tooth fracture or breakage of the tooth itself. If your teeth look great except for being crooked, try invisible braces like Invisalign.
Debra Glassman (New York, NY) on Sep 6, 2011
Veneers can sometimes straighten slightly crooked teeth. A better alternative may be orthodontics. If wearing braces is not your thing, Invisalign is virtually invisible, removable and comfortable. Sometimes we use Invisalign first and then do veneers.
Irena Vaksman (San Francisco, CA) on Sep 6, 2011
Yes, veneers are indicated to straighten front teeth quickly and aesthetically. However, moving them with braces or Invisalign is a good alternative option as well. Sometimes moving the teeth into alignment can be done prior to veneers to help avoid aggressive tooth reduction.
Steven Bader (Newton Centre, MA) on Sep 6, 2011
Great question that I get asked all the time. The answer is - it depends on how crooked your teeth are. Placing veneers on crooked teeth may involve more preparation of the teeth. Sometimes it is better to have a short course of Invisalign orthodontics to reduce the crowding before placing veneers on very crooked teeth. Look for an experienced cosmetic dentist for a thorough evaluation and recommendation for your situation. Before and after photos of actual cases would be very helpful. Best of luck.
Aziza Askari (Farmington Hills, MI) on Sep 6, 2011
Depending on your situation, the answer is “probably.” Veneers are often called “instant orthodontics” because they make crooked front teeth appear uniform, straight, and gorgeous - as if braces had been worn. Dr. Askari offers porcelain veneers, as well as Invisalign clear braces. Both of these options offer fast, effective teeth straightening without metal braces.
Amanda Seay (Mount Pleasant, SC) on Sep 6, 2011
I feel like all my answers begin with "that depends...." but in most cases it really does depend on the situation. Many people with mildy misaligned teeth can have veneers to change the appearance of the misalignment. Veneers should never be done to correct severely crooked teeth or misaligned bites(malocclusion). In those extreme cases the patient would benefit from some limited orthodontics first and then have veneers done. This will conserve the amount of tooth reduction that is necessary and give you a more ideal bite.
Michael Apa (New York, NY) on Sep 6, 2011
absolutely yes. veneers can correct most crowding cases. the more crowding that exists, the more preparation of natural tooth is need to accomplish straight teeth. sometimes, orthodontia is utilized preliminarily before veneers to place the teeth in a more favorable postition.
Brian Gray (Washington, DC) on Sep 6, 2011
Yes. But the degree of complexity may require more tooth preparation (removal of healthy enamel) to give the desired esthetic result. Sometimes, a combination of Invisalign and veneers works best.
Leonard Tau (Philadelphia, PA) on Sep 6, 2011
It really depends on how crooked the teeth are. The more crooked they are, the less likely you can correct them with veneers. In most cases we use Invisalign to correct the crowding and then use veneers if still necessary.
Les Latner (Los Angeles, CA) on Nov 4, 2011
Veneers can help to make crooked teeth look straighter. Ask your cosmetic dentist to take a look and see if veneers can help your situation. Les Latner, DDS drles@ucla.edu
Elisa Mello (New York, NY) on Oct 25, 2011
Veneers can be done for crooked teeth. However, this is a highly skilled and involved process which requires extreme knowledge and talent from the dentist correcting the condition. If done incorrectly, the result can look really artificial and bulky with misshapen teeth and no harmony and balance. As long as the dentist is highly capable then you are in good hands, if not, I would do my research in order to find the right person. The result will look absolutely spectacular in the right hands.
Ramin Tabib (New York, NY) on Sep 26, 2011
Veneers can be done for crooked teeth. However, this is a highly skilled and involved process which requires extreme knowledge and talent from the dentist correcting the condition. If done incorrectly, the result can look really artificial and bulky with misshapen teeth and no harmony and balance. As long as the dentist is highly capable then you are in good hands, if not, I would do my research in order to find the right person. The result will look absolutely spectacular in the right hands.