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Is there a possibility that, depending on the type of cosmetic work done on someone, that cosmetic dentistry may make some procedure with orthodontia obsolete?

Though orthodontia is often recommended for optimal results, yes, there are numerous cosmetic procedures available today which can eliminate the need for orthodontia. Sometimes, if we know that teeth will need crowns or veneers after orthodontia anyway, we are able to simply reshape the restorations so that orthodontia is not even necessary! Of course, this is assessed on a case by case basis, but is certainly an option. As a dentist, I often provide diagnostic models for our patients in which wax models are designed to give you a 3-dimensional view of what the teeth will look like after crowns or veneers are placed. If the results on the model are good, we then proceed with the true procedure. You can see an example of this on our <diagnostics> page. In this example, no braces were necessary to reshape the teeth. Please feel free to e-mail me or call our office with any further questions.  


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