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Can I correct my crowded front teeth with crowns or veneers instead of braces?
Written by Dr. Aman Bhullar   

Q. Can I correct my crowded front teeth with crowns or veneers instead of braces?

- Chris Howey, Vancouver, BC

A. Great question! We are seeing more and more adult patients inquiring about options to correct misaligned teeth.

veneers or crowns. The position of the roots is not altered, but the portion of the tooth above the gums is changed. The advantages are that the procedure is usually completed in two or three appointments over a few weeks improving the colour, shape and size of the teeth. The major disadvantage: teeth must be shaved down to place the crowns or veneers. These procedures do not last forever and will need to be replaced. There are more aesthetic orthodontic options than metal braces to consider such as Invisalign, porcelain brackets and tongue side braces. With braces, the actual misalignment is corrected without shaving off healthy tooth structure. The results can last a lifetime but take several months to years to complete. Discuss what meets your needs best with your dentist.

Dr. Aman Bhullar -

Dr. Aman Bhullar practices in Cloverdale, BC. His office focuses on family and cosmetic dentistry. For more information visit: