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Alignment Alternatives: Should I Get Veneers or Invisalign?

February 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — chenetdoc @ 6:35 pm
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If you’re feeling self-conscious about your crooked grin, you’re not alone. People with dental issues like this are more likely to report increased anxiety and depression because they’re worried about how they’ll be perceived. Fortunately, your dentist can enhance your appearance with cosmetic dental services like porcelain veneers and Invisalign. Both options can transform your looks to boost your confidence. How do you know, though, which suits you best? Keep reading to learn more about each solution to help you decide!

Treatment #1: Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, ceramic shells that are attached to the front of your teeth to mask flaws. They’re a versatile option that can be used to address several imperfections such as chipped, cracked, discolored, gapped, or slightly displaced teeth. They’re customized to match the shade of your pearly whites so once they’re in place, no one can tell the difference.

Before your dentist can place your veneers, they must remove a thin layer of your enamel so that the covers line up correctly against your gums. This protective outer layer won’t grow back which means this preparation is irreversible. The structure of your tooth is slightly weakened as a result, so you’ll need a veneer in place to shield it from potential injury down the road.

Veneers can last up to 15+ years with the right care, making this a great long-term solution to enhance your appearance.

Treatment #2: Invisalign

If you’re more interested in fixing your uneven smile rather than hiding it, then Invisalign may be the better choice for you. This alternative to traditional braces relies on clear plastic aligner trays that fit over your teeth to gently move them to their ideal positions. Patients love that they can realign their pearly whites without metal brackets, which can be aesthetically intrusive.    

You’ll have to wear the aligners for 22 hours every day to prevent your pearly whites from reverting to their previous placements, and typically it takes about a year to complete treatment. Traditional braces require years to do the same work, which means Invisalign is both a discrete and effective method to upgrade your grin.

The best way to determine the appropriate technique for you is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. They’ll examine your mouth and provide recommendations based on their findings. Either way you choose, you’ll be able to proudly show off your newly perfected smile once everything is complete!

About the Practice

At Cedric C. Chenet DDS, PA, you’ll benefit from a compassionate father-son dental duo who offer a full range of services under one roof. If you want a straighter smile, whether it’s with porcelain veneers or Invisalign, they can help. First, they’ll meet with you to examine your mouth and make and suggest an appropriate treatment. Then, they’ll combine artistry with their technical skill to achieve beautiful, long-lasting results. If you’d like to make an appointment, you’re welcome to request one on the website or call (321) 253-3136.

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