If you’re looking to upgrade your smile, you should understand the difference between veneers and Invisalign, two common options for giving you a straight, bright smile. How will you know which oral treatment is right for you? We recommend contacting your local dentist.
Here at Spath Dentistry, we get this question often. In this guide, we’ll be discussing the basics of veneers and Invisalign, how to tell if you’re a proper candidate for either treatment and the key differences between these common cosmetic treatments.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are a custom-made cosmetic solution that attaches to the front of the tooth, designed to conceal tooth gaps and enhance one’s smile.
Veneers are ideal for people with:
- Small, misshapen teeth
- Stained, discolored teeth
- Teeth with previous restorations
If your teeth are only a bit out of position, veneers might not be the best solution for you. Instead, consider braces or Invisalign.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses clear trays to correct any misalignments in the mouth, including:
- An overbite
- An underbite
Rather than veneers, Invisalign or traditional braces would be a better solution for people with teeth that are slightly out of position.
Differences Between Veneers and Invisalign
Additionally, here are some primary differences between veneers and Invisalign:
- The cost: Upfront, Invisalign is more costly than veneers. However, many veneer candidates need more than one veneer and must replace them in the future, bringing the total cost of treatment up exponentially.
- The purpose: The end goal for both treatment options is different. Invisalign corrects slight issues in the teeth, whereas veneers conceal gaps or other unique appearances in the teeth.
- The time commitment: Typically, Invisalign has a longer path for treatment, including scans, regular check-ups, and specific plan instructions. The Invisalign process could last one year or longer. Veneers, on the other hand, require an initial consultation and only a few dental visits once installed.
- The state of your dental health: Depending on the current state of your teeth, you’ll be able to determine whether you’re a better candidate for Invisalign or veneers. However, you’ll need to have good dental health for both treatments because neither option corrects any dental health issues.
Seeking a professional opinion for your dental needs? Schedule an appointment with Spath Dentistry, your local Newport Beach dentist! At your consultation, we’ll be sure to review your treatment options so you can determine what’s right for you and your smile. We are happy to show you what a healthy smile can do for you!