Do you need straight teeth to have veneers?

If I'm considering veneers, do I have to have straight teeth first?

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed over your teeth, most commonly at the very front, to give you a new, fresh smile. Veneers are often white to match with the natural enamel of your teeth and as such, often give people their confidence back. Consequently, they are growing in popularity, however some have questioned if they would be able to have veneers if their teeth aren’t straight.

Happily, the answer is yes, however there are some considerations. Veneers are merely applied over the front of your teeth and if they aren’t straight this doesn’t change. However, if your front teeth do overlap from one another it may be difficult to fit the veneers successfully as they may be obstructed. In this case we recommend having your teeth straightened before having the veneers added.

If you want your teeth straightened, you can have standard metal braces fitted or alternatively, if you are self-conscious about the metal wires, you could choose to have invisible braces that would do the same job. Once the teeth have been repositioned you can see your dentist about having the porcelain veneers fitted.

The first step you should take is contacting your dentist for a consultation. They will be able to advise you on whether you should have the teeth straightened first or whether you can start immediately with your new veneers.

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