If you qualify for one cosmetic dentistry treatment, you may qualify for multiple treatments – this is a major benefit, unless of course you’re someone who has trouble making up their mind. Then the options could be a drawback and you’re left trying to decide on the best smile makeover procedure for you. When it comes to wanting a straight smile, two of the smartest routes to get there is with Invisalign or porcelain veneers. Which way should you go?
Let’s Talk Time
Adults have busy lives. Adding a smile makeover to your carefully budgeted time can be difficult. If you opt for porcelain veneers, the procedure usually takes only two visits to your Rye, NY, dentist to complete. Your teeth will be prepped during the first visit and you and your dentist will discuss the characteristics of your customized veneers – color, size, shape, length, and so on. Veneers are permanently bonded in place during the second appointment. Total turnaround time? Just a few weeks.
Invisalign, however, is an ongoing treatment. On average, a full course of Invisalign takes about a year to complete, but your plan will vary depending on where your teeth are and where they need to move. Adherence to the rules of Invisalign also play a role in the speed and success of the treatment. Ultimately, though, Invisalign is a commitment that demands you pay attention to it every day and see your dentist about every six weeks for check-ups and to collect your upcoming sets of aligners.
The Longevity of Your Smile Makeover
Veneers can last for decades with proper care and upkeep. They are stain-resistant and continue to look bright white and brand new with daily brushing and flossing and twice-annual visits to your dentist for cleanings and exams.
Invisalign will give you a straight smile for a lifetime, as long as you wear your retainers as instructed after treatment to maintain the position of your newly aligned smile.
Versatile Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
When it comes to smile makeovers, you must determine exactly what part of that makeover you want most. Are you looking for fast, immediate results? Are you willing to wait and work for your beautiful smile? Would you rather invest in a few treatments or get everything taken care of in one swoop?
Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments. They give you a straight smile, but they also give you a smile that is white and flawless in all ways. If you have stained or discolored teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, gapped or crooked teeth, veneers can conceal it all.
Invisalign is a targeted cosmetic dentistry treatment. It will give you a straight smile and an aligned bite so your teeth are strong, straight, and healthy. However, you will not improve the appearance of each individual tooth. Many patients opt for teeth whitening after Invisalign to perk up their smile even more.
Choose Your Smile Makeover
Both porcelain veneers and Invisalign are a significant investment in your oral health. And both deliver amazing results. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Chi Fu at Chester Hill Dentistry in Rye to discuss the smile makeover procedures that are right for you.