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Posted on: December 13, 2011
Invisalign vs. Porcelain Veneers: Which One is Right for Me?
Both Invisalign® and porcelain veneers are extremely effective cosmetic dental procedures. They both have significant advantages, and can alleviate your smile shortcomings. However, it may be difficult to determine which procedure is right for you.
Our cosmetic dentists can show you the advantages of both Invisalign and porcelain veneers, helping you to determine exactly which procedure is right for you.
Invisalign® from Smiles at Fairfax Corner
The Invisalign smile straightening system is revolutionary. It is ideal for adults who want straighter teeth, but who don’t want to undergo the self-consciousness associated with unsightly traditional metal braces.
The key components of Invisalign are:
- Invisalign is comprised of a series of clear plastic trays that are virtually unnoticeable to the naked eye.
- These trays are changed out every 2-3 weeks, gently re-aligning your teeth over the course of 1-2 years.
- The trays are removable, so you will never have to worry about messy eating.
- Invisalign trays will not cut your gums and irritate your mouth the same way traditional metal braces will.
Porcelain veneers are an incredible way to remedy a variety of smile problems. Porcelain veneers offer a number of advantages, and can be ideal for persons needing more than one cosmetic procedure.
Porcelain veneers are thin coverings made of durable porcelain that get bonded to the front of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are as thin as a contact lens, yet they are as strong as natural tooth enamel.
Porcelain veneers take as little as 2-3 office visits to apply, and they can last between 10-20 years! Porcelain veneers can fix the following smile problems:
- Gapped teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Stained teeth
Which Procedure is Right for Me?
Determining which procedure is right for you largely depends on your individual needs.
Invisalign is ideal for persons who simply have crooked teeth. Invisalign will remedy your crooked teeth in 1-2 years, yet some people do not have the patience to wait that long for results. However, Invisalign can treat serious crooked teeth extremely effectively.
Porcelain veneers are ideal for persons who have multiple smile problems. Porcelain veneers can correct misshapen teeth, chipped teeth, gapped teeth, and stained teeth. Thus, with porcelain veneers, you can avoid having to undergo a variety of procedures over the course of a long period of time.
In short, Invisalign is the best solution for persons who only have crooked teeth, and likewise, have the time and patience to straighten their smiles. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are perfect for persons with several smile problems, and who do not have the patience to undergo a procedure that lasts between 1-2 years.
Ultimately, the decision between porcelain veneers and Invisalign will be made by you and our cosmetic dentists, depending on your individual needs.
Smiles at Fairfax Corner
If you’re looking for a viable way to straighten your teeth, don’t hesitate to call one of the experienced cosmetic dentists. Our dentists will help you determine exactly which cosmetic solution is right for you.
Call us today for a complimentary consultation about Invisalign and porcelain veneers at (703) 997-0928.