Deciding between porcelain veneers and Invisalign
By Kianoosh Behshid, DDS, PLLC
January 21, 2015
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Cosmetic dentistry has evolved to such heights that it can completely transform a smile by straightening your teeth. Before that can be achieved, there comes the decision of how exactly to attain that winning smile. The use of Invisalign and porcelain veneers can both achieve the same outcome.

Porcelain veneers work a bit differently in that they do not move your teeth but rather reshape your teeth. A dentist will remove pieces of your teeth and then outfit you with a straight line of teeth, which is the actual veneer.

Invisalign works more like braces although its aligners are clear and plastic as opposed to being silver and metal. The process begins by wearing one aligner for a couple of weeks, gradually moving your teeth, and as they start to move, you move on to a different aligner. The process then continues.

The good thing about the Invisalign is that all of your natural tooth material is preserved. Those with an improperly aligned bite may be  better off choosing Invisalign, which works to correct this problem. Porcelain veneers will not correct such a problem and, over time, an improper bite can damage veneers and call for the premature need of a replacement.

Porcelain veneers are more of an instant fix as there is no waiting period involved like there is with the Invisalign. It can take only a few weeks to have your teeth straightened and your smile perfected.

Porcelain veneers also add some bonuses that Invisalign does not offer. Teeth can be whitened with this method and problems with smaller sized teeth can also be corrected. Rotated teeth are another issue that can be cured with porcelain veneers.

There is also the option of using Invisalign with porcelain veneers. Patients may need to have just one tooth veneered after using Invisalign to straighten their teeth.

Cost is an obvious disparity between these two options as porcelain veneers carry a higher price tag than Invisalign. However, there is a bit of patience required with the use of Invisalign because it is not an immediate fix. It takes time. And if you can’t afford to wait, you will have to pay a little bit more for immediate results.

Whichever option is right for you; Fine Dental Arts can get you on your way to having perfectly straight teeth. Patients looking for porcelain veneers in Bellevue; Redmond and Kirkland are welcome to visit our office and finally get the winning smile they have always wanted.