Do you feel a little self-conscious about your smile? Do you wish that you had straighter or whiter teeth? With options like Invisalign and porcelain veneers, you have more than one way to achieve a straighter smile. But which one is the right choice?
Invisalign is able to address a number of bite concerns, including:
As well as how your overall bite meets together, which affects TMJ function and enamel wear.
Investing in a clear aligner system like Invisalign helps to straighten your teeth without changing anything about their physical appearance. The enamel is left untouched, so no reshaping or restorations are required. If you’re happy with the shape and size of your teeth, choosing Invisalign is a holistic and non-invasive solution. You can even choose to whiten your teeth if you like, giving you a brighter smile at the same time.
Porcelain veneers are cosmetic restorations that we bond directly over the visible teeth in your “smile zone.” When applied, they immediately transform what your smile looks like from the outside, even though the teeth behind them are the same (save for a bit of prep work to create room for the veneers.) A new set of cosmetic veneers can easily address issues like:
Veneers are typically placed in sets of 6-8 or more, depending on the width of your smile. They’re recommended for the upper front teeth, rather than all of them. Much of this has to do with how your teeth bite together and ensuring the longevity of your restoration.
Both Invisalign and porcelain veneers have their own advantages. Veneers tend to provide the most dramatic change in your smile and can be completed within just a couple of visits. The downside is that they do require some maintenance and will need to be replaced every several years. Since your teeth are slightly reduced before bonding the veneers in place, the process is non-reversible.
Invisalign is ideal if you only need to adjust the alignment of your teeth and bite. You can wear a retainer to maintain your results for the rest of your life. However, it does take quite some time to see the full results. The shortest cases can usually be completed in about six months, while others may take a year or more. Invisalign is less invasive to your enamel than veneers, as no irreversible changes are made. Plus, Invisalign treatment tends to cost much less than getting dental veneers.
Choosing between Invisalign and dental veneers is a personal choice that depends on your bite’s anatomy, your aesthetic goals, and how quickly you’d like to see results.
Smile Concepts offers interest-free payment plans for as little as $60 a week. Reserve a consultation with us today to discover which smile treatment is best for you.
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Dr. Manish Shah is a cosmetic dentist with a special interest in porcelain veneers, dental implants and Invisalign in Sydney. He is also a medical doctor with an expertise in sleep & craniofacial pain medicine practising at Smile Concepts.