Should You Choose Porcelain Veneers Over Invisalign?

contatusInvisalign has become the orthodontic treatment of choice for a great number of adults who have always wanted an aligned smile. While practically invisible aligners get the job done and done well, they do take time and dedication. For busy and impatient adults who want a straight smile sooner rather than later – and perhaps have more oral health complaints that just misaligned teeth – porcelain veneers are turning out to be a popular alternative to braces.

The Multitalented Porcelain Veneer

Porcelain veneers not only give you a straight smile, they mask other cosmetic issues. Porcelain veneers can be used to hide:

  • Chips
  • Gaps
  • Misalignment
  • Short teeth
  • Stains or discoloration
  • Imperfections
  • Cracks
  • Odd spacing
  • Uneven teeth
  • Worn enamel

If you’re considering Invisalign, and then thinking about teeth whitening after your orthodontic treatment is completed, and perhaps another cosmetic dentistry treatment or two, it’s worth considering whether investing in your teeth in a different way from the start can knock out several aesthetic issues at once. Bonded to the surface of your natural teeth, veneers are super-thin pieces of porcelain that are designed to mimic your tooth enamel in shade, shape, and function. The multitalented porcelain veneer can correct all of the above and give you the straight, white, natural-looking smile you want.

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The Power of Invisalign

Invisalign is the rock star of orthodontic treatment. If you want or need straight teeth and jaw alignment, and you’re a candidate for Invisalign, there is no reason to say no to this treatment, especially if your teeth are otherwise healthy, white, and beautiful.

Invisalign is transformative and incredibly effective, and the perks are many. Besides the obvious benefit of Invisalign being practically invisible, the treatment typically happens faster than the traditional metal braces option. You wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them only for meals and brushing and flossing, which means you still have the ability to eat whatever foods you like. And the Invisalign trays don’t get in the way of a presentation at work, a night out, a date, or any event that requires you and your diction to be front and center.

An Invisalign wearer is responsible for changing their Invisalign aligners periodically (about every two weeks) as outlined by their dentist at the start of their treatment, and they spend less time in the dentist’s chair overall (no adjustments to wires and brackets needed). So if you don’t care to be that responsible for your orthodontia treatment, and if you’re particularly impatient about achieving a cosmetic dentistry correction, prepless veneers may be just the ticket.

Invisalign is a miracle-worker, and so are porcelain veneers, and both solutions will give you the straight, stunning smile that you’ve always wanted. But only your dentist can tell you what options will truly work for you. Make your appointment with Dr. John Moore to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry procedures and types of orthodontic treatment that are appropriate for your smile.

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