It’s not uncommon to be unhappy with some aspects of your smile. Chipped teeth, gaps between your pearly whites, and other imperfections can leave you feeling like your beam can use some work. Cosmetic dentistry is focused on doing just that. There is a range of treatment options available. With porcelain veneers and Invisalign being two of the most popular. But how can you decide which one to get? Keep reading to find out!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that works in the same way as traditional metal braces. These clear aligners are made from a smooth plastic that moves your teeth into a more ideal position over several months or years. Since they are nearly invisible, Invisalign trays are a more discreet way to straighten a crooked smile than bulky brackets and wires.
5 Benefits of Invisalign
If you want to undergo Invisalign treatment to straighten your teeth, there are several benefits for you to gain, including:
- It’s easier to maintain good oral hygiene than with traditional braces
- The aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces
- Treatment times are usually shorter than with braces
- There are virtually no dietary restrictions
- The aligners are virtually invisible
The Ideal Candidate for Invisalign
Invisalign isn’t a good fit for everyone. This treatment is most suitable for adult patients who are comfortable with committing to treatment and diligently following their orthodontist’s instructions. These aligners need to be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours each day to be as effective as possible. You also have to keep up with aligner maintenance and brush and floss after each meal.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells made from dental-grade porcelain that cover the front of the teeth. They can fix a variety of cosmetic issues and are a great fit for anyone looking to quickly and easily improve the look of their smile. They are often referred to as “instant orthodontics” for that reason. Treatment can generally be completed in just two visits.
4 Benefits of Veneers
There are several benefits of getting porcelain veneers, such as:
- They fix chips, gaps, discoloration, cracks, minor misalignments, and misshapen teeth
- They can be used to protect damaged tooth enamel and sensitive teeth
- Veneers are a long-lasting solution to cosmetic smile problems
- Veneers are color-matched to the surrounding teeth
The Ideal Candidate for Veneers
Veneers require the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel. Since enamel can’t grow back, this change is permanent. For this reason, those looking to get veneers need to make sure that they are comfortable with permanent alterations to their teeth. Veneers are also not a good fit for people with serious alignment issues.
About the Practice
First Impressions dentistry is here to help you ensure that your smile gives off a good first impression. They administer treatments like Invisalign and porcelain veneers to fix imperfect smiles and give you the confidence boost you deserve. To set up an appointment with First Impressions or for more information on the services they offer, visit their website or call their office at (425) 391-4964.