It’s common to feel insecure about your smile. Even though we might wish it didn’t, the straightness of your teeth makes people think a host of things about you, from how smart to how successful you are. For these reasons, the slightest bit of crookedness can potentially make you self-conscious.
There are myriad ways to fix crooked teeth and start seeing yourself the way you want to be seen. At Downtown Dental Studio, we offer multiple options, including two of the most popular: Invisalign® and veneers. But which one is best?
That all depends on you and the treatment plan our providers — Fadi Beydoun, DMD, MS, Alexander Kimon, DMD, and Karina Zaygermakher, DMD — help you create. We want to ensure you get the personalized care you need to feel and look your best.
The case for veneers
Veneers are a fantastic option for those who want to cover up slight crookedness in their teeth. They can also make your teeth look whiter, shore up gaps between them, and protect cracked teeth.
Veneers are small pieces of wafer-thin porcelain that are bonded to your natural teeth. A little bit of the enamel is removed from your natural teeth, and your veneers are fitted and bonded to them with a combination of light, adhesive, and cement.
One of the biggest benefits of veneers is you don’t have to wait months for the results you want as you will with Invisalign. Another is that they make your teeth look whiter and strengthen them too. Finally, they are a permanent solution; you won’t need to remove them like an aligner.
The case for Invisalign
Most people have heard about Invisalign, the relatively new alternative to traditional braces. They are clear aligners that you wear throughout the day unless you are brushing your teeth or eating. They help to mold your teeth into alignment the way braces do, but they’re virtually undetectable to others.
Invisalign can be a great choice if you want an option that will realign your teeth, which veneers don’t do. They are discreet, comfortable, and easy to use, and they can help treat other issues like overcrowding and spaces between teeth.
Invisalign vs. veneers: the final word
Though you might be looking for a surefire answer to which option would best suit you, the truth is everyone’s different. The best way you can find out if one or the other would be best for your needs is to visit a dental care provider and ask.
As stated above, certain advantages to each could cause you to lean one way or another. Maybe you want whiter teeth and straighter ones, so you decide to go with veneers. Perhaps you want your teeth to be properly aligned instead of covered, so you choose Invisalign. The choice is ultimately up to you.
The crucial thing to remember is that both procedures are highly successful, noninvasive, and safe. The cost difference will also likely depend on your situation. As such, the best thing you can do is make an appointment with a dental provider today.
Want to learn more?
We’re happy to discuss the benefits of both veneers and Invisalign and our personal recommendation for your oral health and cosmetic needs. Veneers and Invisalign are helpful procedures that will allow you to see a straighter, happier smile when you look in the mirror.
You can make an appointment online today or call us at 212-964-3337. We look forward to meeting you in our New York City office in the Financial District.