Should You Get Porcelain Veneers or Invisalign?

By February 7, 2018Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain veneers and Invisalign are treatments that can transform the appearance of your smile; however, they differ in purpose and approach. Veneers focus more on addressing shape, color, and cosmetic concerns, while Invisalign focuses on addressing the alignment of teeth and orthodontic concerns. Based on your needs, one treatment might help you meet your goals more than the other. If you’ve been thinking about brightening, reshaping, or straightening your smile, Dr. Gary Nack in Holland, PA is an cosmetic dentist who can help you achieve the results you desire.

A Custom Smile with Porcelain Veneers

Dr. Nack bonds thin, yet durable porcelain veneers to the front of teeth. These long-lasting, custom-designed restorations are durable, but need care. Patients usually choose veneers to address esthetic concerns, due to their complete customization. Veneers can reshape teeth and hide misalignment and minor blemishes, fixing cosmetic issues such as cracks and chips, unusually shaped teeth, worn teeth or uneven edges, and dental stains. A lab technician hand crafts each veneer to Dr. Nack’s specifications.

The porcelain veneer procedure involves unique planning steps. You will see a mockup of your future smile, test out temporary veneers, and decide on changes before the final veneers are bonded in place.

Veneers and Invisalign as treatment choices overlap when it comes to addressing gaps between teeth and other minor alignment issues; for alignment issues not severe enough to require orthodontic care, veneers may be a suitable choice.

A Straighter Smile with Invisalign

An alternative to metal braces, Invisalign uses clear aligner trays to straighten your teeth which will improve overall dental health. Invisalign can address many of the problems that standard metal braces do, including: closing gaps or spaces between teeth; correcting overlapping, rotated, or tipped teeth and overbites, as well as underbites, open bites, and cross bites.

Straighter teeth are not only esthetically pleasing but can also improve long-term dental health and deter decay and other detrimental conditions.

The benefits of Invisalign are:

  • Inconspicuous, clear plastic aligner trays,
  • comfortable, custom-fitted, secure trays,
  • and the convenience of being removable.

Invisalign offers unique advantages compared to traditional braces and is a great choice for patients if they remember to wear their aligner trays for 20 to 22 hours a day. (Ask about Invlisalign Teen’s Blue Dot compliance system that alerts parents and Dr. Nack to whether trays are actually being worn as they should!)

What Are Your Smile Makeover Goals?

The specifics of your oral health situation and your desired outcome will help you determine whether you should get veneers or Invisalign. Porcelain veneers can be useful for correcting discoloration, shape, and chipped or otherwise damaged teeth. Invisalign can straighten teeth with specially designed aligner trays, over the course of months (rather than years). Both approaches and procedures vary in treatment time, cost, and suitability for you, depending on the state of your teeth and other factors. Both treatments accomplish the goal of transforming your smile, in a different way. Whether you want a brighter smile or straighter teeth, contact Dr. Nack and team in Holland, PA to schedule a consultation.

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