Invisalign® vs. Porcelain Veneers

Everyone wants to have a perfect smile. And for good reason. Imagine the poise and command you would have over a room as you enter. One gleam of those teeth and everyone within that space would be captivated, at your beck and call, and wondering how you manage to make such remarkably charming and fetching conversation. (Maybe we’re exaggerating, but you get the idea.)

Well, if you don’t have the smile of you’ve always wanted (nobody’s born perfect or with everything, of course), the Silverstrom Group can help make that dream come true. The team at our Livingston cosmetic dentistry practice offers comprehensive general, cosmetic, and restorative care.

A Straight, Great-Looking Smile

To get that winning smile, you need teeth that are nicely aligned and even. In the past, the only way to get that was getting metal braces with those pesky brackets and wires. But now, thanks to advances in dental technology, you actually have the option to get instant orthodontics or invisible orthodontics.

Instant Orthodontics vs. Invisible Orthodontics

At our Livingston cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice, we’re proud to offer both porcelain veneers and Invisalign® to meet the needs of our patients. Both of these treatment options can make your teeth look much straighter and more even, though one treatment option may be better for you than the other.

Let’s take a look at each of these treatment options to determine which one might be best for you given your situation.

Porcelain Veneers – Instant Orthodontics

Livingston porcelain veneers are thin shells of a special dental ceramic that are used to conceal and address various dental imperfections. The porcelain veneers are adhered to the front portions of your teeth, and they are color matched and partially translucent so no on will notice that they are in place.

The reason they are called instant orthodontics is that they can effectively deal with minor tooth misalignment and unevenness. Porcelain veneers can also address issues with major tooth stains, minor chips, and minor cracks.

Invisalign® – Invisible Orthodontics

Invisalign® (invisible braces) are a great alternative to traditional metal braces. With the Invisalign® system, you are given a series of clear plastic aligners which are customized to your teeth. Patients will wear their Invisalign® aligners at all times save for when eating, drinking, or brushing and flossing. Every two weeks, a new aligner will be provided, allowing for a gradual shift of the teeth over time.

While you undergo Invisalign® treatment for as long as you would wear braces, no one will notice that the Invisalign® aligners are in place while you wear them.

Which one is the right one for me?

The answer is really a big “it depends.” If you have teeth that are just a little misaligned, for instance, you may be able to get by on just porcelain veneers. For more substantial issued with crookedness and misalignment, Invisalign® will be better suited for the job.

Of course, in some cases you may be best suited for both porcelain veneers and Invisalign® treatment. Other treatments may be involved as well, allowing for a total smile makeover to be performed, enhancing the overall appearance and health of your smile.

Learn More about Your Dental Care Options

For more information about porcelain veneers and Invisalign®, contact our cosmetic dentistry practice serving Short Hills, Millburn, West Orange, and other locations in the Livingston area. The entire team here looks forward to seeing you.