Straighter teeth can improve your appearance, your self confidence and even your health. Going to your dentist is the right first step if your teeth are crowded, crooked or misaligned. Your dentist might suggest different options, since both Invisalign and Veneers can give you a straighter smile. Your dentist can help you make the decision, but it also helps to know something about the choices yourself. Then, you can ask better questions and feel surer of your decision.
Consider Your Teeth-Straightening Goals
Think about why you want your teeth straightened. Is it all about appearance for you? If so, either option can be a good choice. Invisalign makes your teeth look straighter, but so can veneers. An advantage of veneersis that they hide stains and discolorations that Invisalign won’t, which is why many people choose to have Invisalign followed by veneers.
Do you want to have better oral health? Dental veneers can help you take pride in your appearance and thus inspire you to take better care of your teeth. However, veneers require irreversible treatment as the front surface of your tooth’s enamel is removed. Veneers don’t actually make your teeth straighter; they just look that way. Invisalign, on the other hand, can improve your oral health by giving you straighter teeth that are easier to care for and clean.
Recognize What Veneers and Invisalign Can Correct
Veneers correct visual imperfections such as slightly crooked front teeth. Invisalign can correct deeper problems like crowding, bite issues and crooked teeth. As orthopedist Janet Stoess-Allen explains, the best use of veneers is to cover healthy teeth for cosmetic reasons. When the teeth, especially the bottom teeth, are crowded, orthopedic treatment is the best first step. Invisalign is a true orthopedic treatment, while veneersare primarily cosmetic.
Know Your Time Investment
How long are you willing to wait to have more beautiful teeth? Your dentist can prepare your teeth and install the veneers in two weeks or less. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that usually takes an average of 12 months to completely straighten your teeth.
Understand Life After Treatment
After having cosmetic orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, your teeth are in healthy positions. Otherwise, they are just as durable and hassle-free as they ever were. Veneers may require you to make certain lifestyle changes. You will need to avoid red wine, smoking, caffeine and other substances that can stain or discolor the veneers. You will also have to be more careful not to chip or crack the veneers than you would after having only Invisalign.
The costs for veneers can be as high as $2000 CAD per tooth. The trays for Invisalign may cost more, depending on how many veneers you need. However, when you consider how long each treatment will last, Invisalignactually may be cheaper. Veneers have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. The entire Invisalign treatment may never have to be done again, especially if you keep going to your dentist so they can correct minor issues before they become major. Wearing a retainer can also eliminate the need to have Invisalign redone.
So, what is right for you? It may be different from what is right for someone else. Consider all the factors and discuss the options with your dentist. When you do, you can make the right decision based on your teeth and your preferences.