Porcelain Veneers and Invisalign®: Two of the Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures
While every patient’s needs are different, most patients can achieve a brilliant smile with porcelain veneers or Invisalign® clear straightening retainers. There are pros and cons to both of these cosmetic dentistry tools, and your Spokane Valley dentist will discuss with you which choice is best following a thorough evaluation of your mouth and long-term goals.
Invisalign® clear braces can fix overbites, underbites, crowded teeth, overlapped teeth, and gaps between teeth. The aligners are custom designed for your mouth and are worn over a period of several months or years, depending on your teeth. The time needed to improve your teeth with Invisalign® is longer, so if you’re unable to make that time commitment, then Invisalign® may not be the best option for you.
The average length of time that patients wear the retainers is six to twelve months, but, again, this time frame will vary based on different factors. If you comply with the instructions for wearing Invisalign®, the length of time needed for Invisalign® to work is shorter.
Porcelain veneers are another hugely popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in Spokane, and the time required to get porcelain veneers is significantly less than what is needed to fix teeth with Invisalign®. Veneers, when cared for properly, can last many, many years, and they can be applied in as little as two visits to your Spokane Valley cosmetic dentistry office.
The porcelain veneer process is quite simple and painless. An ideal candidate for porcelain veneers would be someone who is healthy and whose teeth are not significantly damaged. Only adults can have porcelain veneers because the veneers attach to the front of the tooth, and the tooth must be fully grown to receive the veneer.
When you’re a good candidate for both Invisalign® and porcelain veneers, several factors must be considered.
- Time required
- The health of your teeth
- Maintenance of your teeth
It’s impossible to give any information about the cost because every patient will require a different amount and type of cosmetic dentistry work to apply porcelain veneers or get fitted for Invisalign® clear braces.
The current state of your dental health also plays a major role in what cosmetic dentistry procedures may be performed. Since neither Invisalign® nor porcelain veneers will correct problems like cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease, any of those problems will have to be treated first before your dentist can proceed with improving the aesthetics of your teeth with porcelain veneers or Invisalign® clear braces.