Invisalign vs Porcelain Veneers

Dr. Degel Jun 30, 2020

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In this article, Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel explore Invisalign vs porcelain veneers. Invisalign® is a popular alternative to traditional orthodontics. Porcelain veneers are custom-made restorations that can conceal a variety of aesthetic flaws. Both are popular cosmetic procedures, but they are quite different. How can you know which procedure is right for you?

To answer that question, you must identify your concerns and determine exactly what you wish to achieve. Our Queens, NY, dental team will discuss the pros, cons, and limitations of each procedure so our patients can be well-informed about their treatment.

Invisalign

Invisalign is one of the most sought-after alternatives to metal braces. Because this system uses clear plastic trays to straighten the teeth, it is much more discreet compared to traditional orthodontics.

Like braces, Invisalign can address a number of common orthodontic issues, including crowding, overlapping, overbites, underbites, and more. Treatment can typically be completed in about 12 to 18 months.

To be effective, your aligner trays must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours every day. They can be taken out to eat, drink, and clean your teeth.

When Is Invisalign Recommended?

Whereas porcelain veneers are recommended for mild to moderate misalignment, Invisalign can address more complicated cases. This treatment is an excellent option for patients who want to straighten their natural teeth instead of using restorations to mask them. Invisalign is often recommended when there are large gaps present between the teeth or when the teeth are too crooked or overlapped to be corrected by veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

These ultra-thin, ultra-strong restorations are bonded to the surfaces of the front teeth to conceal chips, gaps, cracks, and more. They are created with a delicate process that involves layering medical-grade ceramic and are color-matched to the exact shade of your teeth. As a result, veneers offer brilliant translucency that matches that of natural enamel. With proper care, they can last upwards of 20 years.

When Are Porcelain Veneers Recommended?

Porcelain veneers are often referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can completely transform your smile in just two visits to our Long Island, NY, office. However, there are limitations to what these restorations can do.

For example, veneers can make the teeth appear straighter and your smile more balanced. But if the teeth are severely misaligned, then veneers will not correct the problem. Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for those with mild to moderate cosmetic concerns.

Combining the Two Treatments

In some cases, patients may decide to combine two or more cosmetic treatments into a comprehensive smile makeover. First, the teeth are moved into alignment with Invisalign. Once orthodontic treatment is complete, porcelain veneers can be placed to conceal cosmetic flaws. For the right patient, this type of treatment offers truly remarkable results.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you would like to enhance your smile, schedule a consultation at our NYC practice. Our doctors can perform a comprehensive assessment to determine which type of treatment is right for you. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at (718) 278-1123.

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