What is Better – Veneers or Invisalign?

gray haired woman smiling because of her veneersA smile is the most memorable feature of a person. In fact, 48 percent of adults think this is even more powerful than appearance or even smell. Because this is so important–for those with even minor imperfections–gaps, crookedness, or stains–it can be intimidating.

If you are looking to make enhancements to your smile– porcelain veneers or invisible alignment treatments will help you reclaim your confidence. When deciding, you’ll want to evaluate the cost, timing, and specific needs for treatment in the Huntington, Long Island-area. Below is a quick guide to help you understand whether porcelain veneers or Invisalign is a better option for your smile.

Understanding veneers

Veneers are a thin porcelain structure that is bonded to the front of the teeth. The sole purpose of them is to improve overall appearance, including color, size, spacing, chips or cracks, and surface smoothness. Veneers do little to improve function, yet they can deliver a big boost of confidence to the patient. In as little as three visits, a patient can walk away with a more uniform and whiter smile.

The first visit is an initial consultation to determine if veneers are the right approach for you. The second will help the dentist to prepare the teeth and develop a model.  Finally, it’s time to apply the veneers. While the process is not complex, it’s helpful to have a solid understanding of the application process. Once a person undergoes treatment for veneers, it is irreversible, as it requires filing away of the original tooth to make space for the veneer.

The Veneer Bonding Process

Before attaching the veneer to the tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on the tooth to ensure proper fit, color, and size. Once the veneer has been appropriately matched for the mouth, the dentist will prepare your tooth with a thorough cleaning and polishing. From there, they will utilize a technique called etching–a process that allows a strong bonding between the original tooth and its veneer.

The dentist will apply a custom cement to the veneer and position it accordingly on your tooth before applying a light beam that activates the chemicals in the cement—so it quickly hardens and sets. Finally, the dentist will remove any excess cement, evaluate the fit and bite, and make any final adjustments for comfort and function. With proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years. Additionally, while the cost can change depending on the number of teeth, a person can expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $2,000 for each tooth.

Understanding Invisalign

While veneers can be great for instantaneous cosmetic assistance, Invisalign can help improve appearance, function, and health.  Many people contend with crooked teeth, crowded smiles or poorly aligned bites. Crowded teeth can be difficult to clean, making tooth decay and gum disease more likely. Invisalign, an alternative to traditional bracket braces, uses clear trays to help correct misalignment, straighten teeth and improve the overall look of someone’s smile. These invisible trays are custom-made and work by applying pressure and slight force to the teeth to slowly align them into the desired position.

It’s a discreet treatment that allows adults to correct their smiles without the embarrassing look of metal braces. Plus, the removable trays allow a person to eat without food restriction, along with easy cleaning of the teeth and trays.

The Invisalign Process

After consulting with your Invisalign-trained doctor, they will map out a customized digital treatment that demonstrates the step-by-step smile and mouth transformation.

From there, customized aligners will be created and changed out after one to two weeks. While the total length of treatment varies per patient, the average time for alignment is 12 to 18 months.  Once the teeth have reached the desired look, you can continue to wear the clear tray to maintain teeth position.

Depending on the extent of your plan, these treatments can go upwards of $6,500, but this will reshape the structure of the mouth for less than traditional braces– in most cases.

Making the Decision 

Talking with an experienced cosmetic dentist can help you determine which option is better for you. Seek out the best dental health professionals in the Huntington, Long Island-area, to help you. The Huntington, Long Island award-winning doctors of Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry can meet with you to review your specific goals, treatment options, and affordability.

Schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot in Huntington Station, Long Island. Get on the path to a more confident, healthier you.

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