Porcelain Veneers or Invisalign? Make the Right Choice

You know you want straight teeth, but you also want the most effective, affordable, and long-lasting option for your smile. Porcelain veneers are often considered the “quick fix,” but they might be just right for the oral health issues you are experiencing. Invisalign is the invisible solution, and it too might be a viable option to align your teeth. It’s your dentist’s job to determine what course of treatment will be most effective for your smile, but here’s what you should know before you have that consultation to improve your smile.

Strong, Long-Lasting Porcelain Veneers

Resistant to stains and chips, porcelain veneers are used as the solution for many dental concerns, including gapped teeth, discoloration, overlapping teeth, and irregular alignment. Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry solution that eliminates the need for braces and can makeover a smile in just two visits to the dentist.

The natural tooth structure is preserved with the placing of porcelain veneers and they last longer than any bleaching or bonding. In fact, natural-looking porcelain veneers have a life expectancy of 15 to 25 years and won’t discolor over time.

The Gentle Alternative to Porcelain Veneers

While porcelain veneers are an amazing and effective cosmetic dentistry solution, there is an even more efficient and less-invasive alternative to veneers. Cerinate Lumineers are the pain-free route to a straight, white smile. Lumineers can lengthen small teeth, correct crooked or misshapen teeth, solve crowded teeth, hide permanent tooth stains, and fix broken teeth. The element that sets Lumineers apart from veneers is that they are extremely thin – and, bonus, they’re even stronger than porcelain veneers.

Lumineers are permanently attached to the front of each tooth but the treatment does not require the grinding down of the tooth structure. Lumineers can last for up to 25 years and they only take two visits to the dentist to put in place. They can even be placed over old bridgework or crowns to brighten up your smile.

The Invisible Way to Straighten a Smile

Some dental problems can’t be corrected with cosmetic dentistry. Thankfully, there is a treatment that can be carried out without anyone really noticing – Invisalign braces. These clear aligners can treat overbites, underbites, tooth crowding, and overlapping. Because the trays are made of smooth plastic, they eliminate the typical side effects traditional metal braces like mouth sores, scrapes from brackets and wires, and pain from adjustments.

Invisalign also makes it possible to maintain proper oral hygiene which means wearers can avoid the tooth discoloration and plaque buildup that can sometimes accompany the wearing of metal braces.

Both Invisalign and porcelain veneers can give you the beautiful smile that you want, but find out what’s best for your teeth by talking to an expert. Make your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Ken Cirka at Philadelphia Dentistry to find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign braces or if porcelain veneers or Cerinate Lumineers are what you should pursue.

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