Pros and Cons of Invisalign vs. Veneers

1 Dec 2014 by  admin in Invisalign

When comparing the pros and cons of Invisalign vs. veneers for correcting crooked or crowded teeth, it’s essential to consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist who can outline the benefits and drawbacks of each. Both are exceptional options for a smile makeover, but Invisalign is primarily used for teeth straightening, whereas veneers are more appropriate for addressing compromised or damaged teeth.

During a no-charge consultation with our Rocky Point cosmetic dentists here at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we look at numerous factors when helping patients make this important decision. Some of the variables that come into play include crowding of the patient’s teeth, malpositions, depth of the bite, and overall periodontal health. 

Invisalign Long Island overview

Invisalign has gained widespread popularity – especially among professional adults who don’t want to wear traditional metal braces – for its ability to correct overbites, spacing issues and crooked teeth. The treatment utilizes clear plastic aligners, or trays, that gradually straighten and move your teeth to the desired location. Advantages of this novel treatment include better aesthetics, since patients don’t have to deal with unsightly metal in their mouth, or the embarrassment that comes with trapped food in your braces. Another key benefit is convenience since the aligners can be removed during meals and while brushing your teeth.  They also significantly shorten the timeframe for tooth straightening, as the average treatment time is around 12 months.

Two of the most notable perks of Invisalign are that it’s practically invisible and the treatment preserves your natural tooth, which is always smart in the long-run. However, if your teeth are especially worn, damaged, cracked or chipped – dental veneers might be a better option.

How dental veneers work

Made from a variety of materials including ceramic porcelain, resin composites and acrylic, dental veneers are frequently described as “instant” smile makeovers, since they can give you results much faster than Invisalign or other orthodontic treatments. Instead of gradually moving your teeth, veneers are bonded to your own teeth, masking any imperfections.

Veneers can be applied to just one tooth or several teeth, and are ideal for those who have severely stained teeth that don’t respond well to whitening treatments. If you are looking to improve the size, shape or length of your teeth, in addition to addressing spacing issues, veneers may be a wise choice. And unlike Invisalign, which primarily targets crooked teeth, dental veneers are good at correcting rotated teeth.

While veneers are a viable option for most patients, those who have the following conditions may not be good candidates:

  • Extensive gum disease
  • Patients who habitually grind their teeth
  • Significant dental enamel erosion
  • Large portions of teeth that are missing

Ultimately, patients are encouraged to consult with our dentists to determine which treatment will be most effective for tooth straightening and other cosmetic issues.

Affordable dental veneers on Long Island

Both Invisalign and dental veneers can provide beautiful results, but each has its own advantages and drawbacks. For more information about Invisalign on Long Island, or to arrange a consultation to discuss porcelain veneers, please call Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry at (631) 744-5700.

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