Are you frustrated by a grin that has gaps or is misaligned? You’re not alone! Millions of patients have turned to cosmetic dentistry for solutions to address a crooked smile. Fortunately, your dentist can help you with two possibilities: porcelain veneers and Invisalign therapy. These are very different treatments, however, so it’s important to understand both to make an informed decision. Keep reading to learn more about these two popular choices!
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, ceramic shells that are attached to the front surface of your teeth. They’re primarily a cosmetic cure used to mask an array of imperfections like improper spacing, discoloration, chips, fractures, as well as address any unevenness. They’re made of a durable ceramic that can be customized to match your natural teeth for a perfect profile.
Why Should I Choose Porcelain Veneers?
There are many reasons to opt for porcelain veneers to improve your appearance, including:
- Versatility. If you have other issues you’d like to correct in addition to misalignment, these covers are the better choice.
- Longevity. Once placed, veneers can last 15+ years making them an excellent long-term solution.
- Protection. These shells are so strong that they resist breakage and even shield the underlying tooth from potential damage.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic alternative to traditional braces. It consists of clear plastic aligner trays that fit snuggly over your teeth to gently reposition them over time. Every two weeks or so, your dentist will provide a new set of aligners to account for the ongoing movement of your pearly whites. Though it’s also a cosmetic therapy, it differs from porcelain veneers in that it makes changes to the alignment of your teeth and can also be used to address bite issues.
Why Should I Choose Invisalign?
Invisalign has grown in popularity over the years thanks to the many advantages it offers, such as:
- Aesthetics. The clear aligners are much more discrete than the metal bracket of traditional braces.
- Hygiene. It’s easy to remove the trays to brush and floss your teeth because there are no wires to work around.
- Comfort. Traditional braces come with sharp edges that are notorious for damaging the insides of your lips and cheeks. These smooth, plastic aligners won’t cause the same irritation.
Porcelain veneers and Invisalign can both be used to perfect your pearly whites. If you’re debating which option is best for you, ask your dentist! Their recommendations take into account the current condition of your grin and your other oral healthcare goals. Either way, once treatment is complete, you’ll have a perfectly balanced smile to be proud of!
About the Practice
At Kraft & Schrott Dental Associates, you’ll benefit from the expertise of five dentists who work together to offer a full array of services, including cosmetic solutions. They’re happy to provide a fully customized, comprehensive plan to meet your individual dental needs. Their focus on comfort and safety is sure to set you at ease for the entirety of your visit. You’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling the office at (617) 227-4924.