Veneers and Invisalign are two popular cosmetic dental treatments that cosmetic dentists used to treat gaps between the teeth, overlapping teeth, or crooked teeth. In fact, both veneers and Invisalign are incredibly popular cosmetic treatments. This raises the question: which is better? As with most things, there is not a single answer to the question of whether veneers or Invisalign is a better cosmetic treatment. This is due to the simple fact that for some people, veneers is a better treatment, while for others Invisalign is better. Taking a closer look at these two treatments can help you to determine which one will work best for you.
For starters, both Invisalign and veneers can eliminate gaps between the teeth. Both treatments can also be used to correct crooked and/or overlapping teeth. However, each treatment has a different method of accomplishing this. Additionally, each treatment has its own set of benefits and drawbacks that can make one more appealing than another. Therefore, let’s take a look at what makes these two treatments different:
Veneers, also sometimes referred to as laminates, are thin shells made of porcelain that are cemented onto the front surface of visible teeth. In addition to eliminating gaps between the teeth and correcting crooked teeth, veneers are also able to improve the color and shape of each tooth that they are applied to. Since they are made of porcelain, veneers are both stain resistant and durable. Veneers are able to be applied in as little as two dental appointments and they usually last around 10-15 years after their application.
However, one of the main downfalls of veneers is the fact that they may require the removal of a small amount of enamel for their placement. Since enamel does not grow back, this means that veneers are considered an irreversible and permanent treatment. Additionally, veneers do not actually change the structure or location of your teeth, rather they simply cover up imperfections so they are no longer visible. Veneers are also only applied to visible teeth towards the front of the mouth.
Although many people consider Invisalign a cosmetic dental treatment, it is, in fact, an orthodontic treatment. This means that Invisalign will actually reposition your teeth and bite so that they are properly aligned. This is accomplished through using a series of progressive clear aligners that slowly move the teeth into a more optimal position. Since Invisalign actually moves your teeth, the results of Invisalign treatment are usually permanent and don’t require any maintenance other than wearing a retainer while you sleep. Additionally, moving your teeth into the proper alignment will prevent them from becoming damaged and will also maintain your jaw function.
However, one of the main downfalls of Invisalign is the fact that treatment can take an average of a year and a half, sometimes longer depending on the individual case. Some people also report mild discomfort when starting with a new aligner. Invisalign is also not able to correct other cosmetic concerns such as color or the shape and size of your teeth.
As you can see, both veneers and Invisalign offer ways to address spacing and alignment issues, however with different methods, benefits, and drawbacks. In order to determine which treatment is best for you, these methods, benefits, and drawbacks must be carefully considered. Additionally, scheduling a consultation with your local cosmetic dentist can help you decide whether veneers or Invisalign is right for you.
Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry. He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.