One of the questions that our dentists most often hear is whether dental veneers or Invisalign are better for achieving the perfect smile. This is difficult to answer since it is not asking the right question because these two cosmetic dental procedures improve your smile in different ways.
Both treatments are a great way to improve your smile. If you have been unsure about whether veneers or Invisalign are the best options for you, you can continue to read to learn more about this issue. We decided to include a thorough guide for what these two dental treatments are used for, the main differences between them, their advantages and disadvantages, and finally, how you can decide if Invisalign or veneers are best for your needs.
How Do Veneers vs Invisalign Work?
As previously stated, these two cosmetic dental treatments serve different purposes and there’s a significant difference between them.
Invisalign is a clear aligner that is an alternative to traditional metal braces. It can be used to treat all the problems normal braces treat such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite problems, crowded or overlapping teeth, and misaligned teeth. Invisalign straightens the teeth for a more even, orderly, and attractive look. Invisalign slowly moves the teeth to the desired position over time. This is possible with several custom-made aligners for each stage of the process that the patient will use one after another.
On the other hand, veneers are made to change the way the teeth look. Porcelain veneers are very thin covers that are adhered to the front surface of the teeth. They are used to cover cosmetic flaws visible when smiling. Veneers require some teeth preparation such as enamel removal which is irreversible. Although the majority of this article will focus on porcelain veneers, it is crucial to note that there are several types of veneers you can choose from including porcelain and composite resin veneers. Regardless of what material is used, veneers aim to solve cosmetic problems such as discolored, stained, chipped, worn out, gapped, or misaligned teeth. Veneers can be used to change the color, size, shape, and length of the tooth.
Dental Veneers and Invisalign Differences
Both Invisalign and dental veneers can help you correct and improve the appearance of your teeth, but they do have different goals.
Invisalign aims to straighten the teeth without drawing attention like traditional veneers. While it is successful at straightening the teeth, it does not address other dental problems. It is a good alternative for people who only want to straighten their smile. The treatment time for Invisalign can change between six to twelve months depending on the individual.
Veneers, on the other hand, address minor cosmetic flaws on the surface of the teeth. It is also possible to get veneers that are whiter than your natural teeth which will have a brightening effect. While the treatment can last for a couple of months, there is a quicker option such as getting dental veneer treatment abroad. For example, dental clinics in Turkey treating international patients have optimized the whole process and they can complete the treatment within a week.
Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers address several cosmetic dental problems at once. Veneers will cover the stains or discolorations, fix chipped or worn-out edges, and correct unevenly sized teeth and misalignments.
When given proper attention, dental veneers can last for 10-15 years.
If you decide to get full jaw (upper or lower teeth) or full mouth (both upper and lower teeth) dental veneers, you can achieve a total smile makeover and have a bright and nice-looking smile.
Because smiling is an essential part of our lives, improving their smile helps people gain self-confidence and be more comfortable around others.
Veneers do not fix functionality issues. You cannot get veneers over severely damaged teeth, or teeth with cavities. If you have such problems, your dentist will recommend getting them fixed first.
Teeth preparation is necessary before dental veneer treatment. This entails the removal of a thin layer of tooth enamel. This procedure is irreversible.
While dental veneers are made of very durable materials, they can crack, chip, or fall off. You should avoid chewing on hard food, using your teeth as a tool to open things, and grinding your teeth.
Pros and Cons of Invisalign
Invisalign is highly preferred by people who want to correct their teeth indiscreetly. Invisalign braces are made of clear plastic and they do not attract any attention to your teeth.
They are removable, unlike traditional metal braces. This makes brushing and flossing very easy, as patients can just take off the Invisalign when they need to. You can also take them off when eating so that you do not need to worry about them getting damaged or getting food stuck. Thanks to this, you do not need to change your diet as you would have to if were getting traditional braces.
They are successful at straightening teeth and can achieve this in a shorter period than normal braces.
To successful results, you need to wear the Invisalign for 20-22 hours a day. Because you are using them for a long period of time, you might feel a slight soreness when you take them off.
You might need to visit the dentist frequently for check-ups.
Good Dental Health
No matter which of these care options you choose, you must have healthy teeth and gums in order to have these treatments. If you have a lot of cavities, though, veneers may not be the right option because dental veneers are for correcting cosmetic issues so cavities require additional dental treatments.
While no cosmetic dental procedure can be guaranteed to last a lifetime, veneers can last up to 15 years with careful care and maintenance of your natural teeth. If you didn’t practice good dental hygiene practices before receiving veneers, such as routine brushing and flossing, you should adjust your lifestyle to include healthier practices. Your veneers’ lifespan will be shortened and you increase the risk of developing new dental issues if you don’t maintain them and your natural teeth properly.
Dental veneers are not an option if you have gum (periodontal) disease unless you first cure it. Your gums must be healthy in order to be a candidate for veneers. Swollen gums, easily bleeding gum tissue, tooth decay, bad breath, and bright red or purplish gums are all indications of gum disease.
Gum disease, if left untreated, can eventually result in tooth loss, receding gums, and even inflations. Treatment of gum disease is necessary before receiving any dental treatment, including dental veneers, due to the fact that it can lead to a variety of dental issues. Gum disease causes the teeth to be less stable and leads to unwanted teeth movement which can negatively affect Invisalign treatment.
Dental Veneers vs Invisalign Prices in Turkey
Have you heard of dental holidays? Recently, thousands of people around the world fly to other countries for more affordable and convenient dental care. Turkey is one of the leading nations for medical and dental holidays as it offers world-class treatments by skilled surgeons at inexpensive prices. Dental tourism in Turkey is especially prevalent in cities such as Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, and Kusadasi. On top of its medical success, the country offers a great holiday experience with its numerous historical and natural attractions, beautiful cities, 5-Star hotels, colorful culture, great cuisine, and hospitable locals.
Dental treatments can be quite costly, especially in some Western countries such as the UK and the USA where a single veneer per tooth costs between €600-1500, and Invisalign costs on average €5,000. However, dental treatments do not need to be very expensive. You should keep in mind that getting dental veneers or Invisalign treatment in Turkey can be as 50-70% less expensive saving you a considerable amount of money.
We hope this article was helpful for deciding between dental veneers and Invisalign. If you are interested in learning more about these treatments and dental holiday package deals and prices in Turkey, you can send us a message. Our team at CureHoliday is ready to assist you 24/7.