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18 February 2021

How to choose between Invisalign and veneers

While both Invisalign and porcelain veneers are tools we can use to help you get the perfect smile, they are very different things.

Clients of mine who want to achieve the perfect smile often ask me whether porcelain veneers or Invisalign are better for reaching that goal. It’s true that both Invisalign and veneers can help you correct and improve the appearance of your teeth. But each one does so in a different way. What is right for you will depend on the current state of your teeth and your goals when it comes to your smile. In some cases, both treatment modalities are required.

Which one you use really depends on each individual case. Some clients need Invisalign before having porcelain veneers. This is usually the case when the teeth are not in the right position. So the teeth position needs to be idealised before porcelain veneers are placed. Some clients just go straight to porcelain veneers and they don’t need any Invisalign treatment. It’s important to know that Invisalign changes teeth position but doesn’t change the teeth shape or colour which veneers do.

The difference between Invisalign and veneers

Invisalign is meant to work just like invisible braces, straightening your teeth for a more even appearance. As Invisalign shifts your teeth, things like bite issues, crowding, and gaps can be corrected, as can be seen in Invisalign before and after pictures. If it is merely the teeth position that a client is concerned about, Invisalign could be the option. It will not provide any other visible cosmetic changes such as to the shape, size or colour of your teeth.

In contrast, veneers focus on changing the visual impact of your teeth, as illustrated in these porcelain veneers before and after images. This change is done usually with porcelain veneers, which require that your tooth be shaped and have a thin sheet of porcelain overlaying your natural tooth. There are also no-prep veneers, which require little to no tooth shaping needed and can be quickly applied.

In some cases, if the degree of misalignment of the teeth is severe or the tooth is not in an ideal position, clients may require Invisalign treatment first to optimise the tooth position prior to placing porcelain veneers on them. Otherwise, the final outcome can be compromised from an aesthetic or health point of view. I often tell my clients before you place the cladding over the building, you need to ensure the foundations of the building are right.

Smile consultations

At The Dental Room, we recommend a smile consultation as an exciting first step to evaluate your concerns and understand the vision for your smile. This allows us to explore which option would be most practical, go through all the pros and cons with you and work out a treatment plan together. Very often we are able to give you 3D simulations that accurately show you what your smile will look like through the process. That will help you achieve the results you hope for. That will also give you a chance to think about other important considerations such as teeth whitening or resin bonding.

In conclusion

We understand that your smile is as unique as you are. We aim to individualise and personalise the treatment options that would fit in with your vision, your finances and your dreams.

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