Part 1: Pros and Cons
When people are considering a smile makeover they often have a choice between Clear Aligners or Veneers.
Both are valid solutions, yet they are very different procedures and which one to go for will often depend on the condition of the teeth and the preferences of the patient.
In this blog, we will summaries the pros and cons of Clear Aligners vs Veneers, and identify the characteristics of the patient’s condition relative to each type of treatment.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin porcelain sheets that are attached to the front of your teeth using cement. Their goal is to enhance the appearance of your teeth by changing their color, covering chips or cracks, or by making all the teeth better aligned.
Veneers are great because they:
Solve Multiple Dental Issues: As a cosmetic treatment, veneers can treat a variety of concerns. For example, they can whiten your teeth, cover up a gap or space or cover up a cracked or chipped tooth.
Are Long-Lasting: Veneers are long-lasting, but they aren’t necessarily permanent. If you take good care of them, you can expect them to last for a long time up to 15 years.
Can Protect Damaged Teeth: The porcelain that covers your teeth helps to protect them, and can help to restore eroded teeth and protect others from further erosion.
Fast results: The veneering procedure is very fast, and you can see the results immediately compared to other orthodontic procedures.
The less positive things about Veneers include:
They compromise the natural shape of your teeth and are irreversible. To fit the veneers the dentist will have to file and reshape your teeth. This procedure once done, is irreversible.
They Are a Cosmetic Treatment Only: Porcelain veneers only improve the appearance of your teeth but they will not correct any underlying conditions like an overbite, an underbite, or cavities.
Their Color Remains the Same: Once you have the veneers you cannot change the color. Porcelain veneers keep the same color and do not change. That isn’t a problem if you have veneers over each one of your teeth. If you have veneers only on a few teeth, the difference in color between them and your natural teeth can be noticeable with time.
They Do Not Last Forever: Veneers do have a long life with proper care, yet they are not meant to last for the rest of your life. You will most likely need to pay for replacement veneers at some point.
They Can Chip or Crack: Though porcelain is a hard material, it is still breakable. Thus veneers can crack or chip especially if you chew any hard food, bite your nails, or grind your teeth.
So that is the pros and cons for Veneers. Clear Aligners are an orthodontic treatment that uses almost invisible sheets of plastic which gradually correct the position of your teeth bringing them into the perfect position over time.
The good thing about Clear Aligners:
The natural procedure, using your own teeth, with little change to the enamel. Unlike veneers, there is no major change to the tooth structure. Instead, your teeth are gently moved into the correct position using a series of invisible trays.
Treatment Is Nearly Invisible: Invisalign trays are nearly invisible, so no one has to know you are getting treatment.
They are removable: Aligners can be removed which helps in oral hygiene to remove stuck food. With Invisalign, you can remove the trays when eating or when brushing your teeth and flossing.
You can repeat the treatment in the future if required: Teeth remain natural and unchanged
The things that are less good about Clear Aligners:
Getting Used to the Aligners: Clear plastic aligners are usually comfortable, yet there is a period of adjustment, especially at the beginning of the treatment. They need a few days to feel natural in your mouth. Moreover, the clear aligners can sometimes cause a slight lisp.
Wearing the Aligners as Directed: The treatment success relies heavily on your commitment to wearing the aligners. The aligners need to be worn for 22 hours out of every day. If you forget to wear them, you will not see the progress within the scheduled period and the treatment time may need to be extended.
You Can Lose the Aligners: Since the aligners are removable, and you do so when eating or drinking, there is a chance that you will misplace them.
Whether you choose Veneers or Clear Aligners will depend on the condition of your teeth and what is most appropriate for you and your treatment objectives.