Teeth Effects Bands

Do teeth effects bands work?

Candice- Illinois

Candice,

While Teeth Effects bands may close a tooth gap you have, the way they work causes more problems than it repairs. Rather than sliding your teeth together, the way proper orthodontics work, they will tip your teeth together. This could lead to your teeth coming out of their socket.

Sometimes the bands (and really these are just rubber bands they are charging $20 for) can work themselves under your gums and become impossible to get out without medical intervention.

If you’re concerned about a gap in your teeth you have better options. They will be significantly more expensive than rubber bands, but they will safely fix your teeth.  I’d look into braces, Invisalign, dental bonding (for small gaps only), or porcelain veneers.

You may also be interested in reading about CEREC technology.

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Veneer or Crown

I have a good sized chip in my tooth. My dentist said I can get it fixed with a veneer or a dental crown. My insurance will cover a crown but not a veneer. Is there a benefit of one over the other?

Melissa J.- Cincinatti

Melissa,

Both can be a beautiful restoration for your tooth. If finances aren’t an issue, it may boil down how conservative a treatment you want.

With porcelain veneers, only a minimal amount of tooth is gently shaved, enough to make room for a thin shell of porcelain to be placed.  With a porcelain crown, your tooth has to be shaved down significantly more.

However, if finances are an issue, a veneer will be much more expensive, so you might prefer the crown to save money with your insurance.

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