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Porcelain Veneers or Invisalign?

Both porcelain veneers and Invisalign can provide a seamless, straight, and beautiful smile. The question then becomes which option is best for you? Invisalign plastic aligners are much different than braces, but the results are the same: straight teeth and a functional bite. Porcelain veneers can cover gaps or correct some malocclusion, and are a great quick fix for patients looking for a cosmetic solution only.

Through a careful evaluation of your smile, as well as talking to you about what you want, Dr. Kern and her team can assess your specific problems and determine if porcelain veneers or Invisalign will best provide you with the results you deserve.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can correct many issues in just a couple of office visits, and have been referred to as instant orthodontics. They correct chipped and severely discolored teeth, which cannot be accomplished with Invisalign. They can also cover any minor gaps or malocclusion. As a result, porcelain veneers have an advantage of giving patients strong, bright smiles that look straight.

Veneers can last a very long time when taken care of properly, but they do not solve issues of misalignment. They cover it up. Patients with significant overbite, crossbite, or underbite may want to look into how to correct these dental issues before looking into porcelain veneers.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign plastic aligners are a perfect option for patients who are seeking ways to straighten their teeth, but who do not want to wear traditional braces. Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners reposition teeth over time, which closes gaps, brings misaligned teeth back into proper postion, and improves bite function. They can even be removed for special occasions or to brush and floss. Invisalign also corrects teeth repositioning much faster than traditional braces, saving months or even years of having to worry about uncomfortable metal over teeth.

 Invisalign is a preferred choice for many men and women who are in social or business situations regularly due to the practically invisible nature of the clear aligners. This, plus the speed of results, gives Invisalign an advantage. It is also a permanent rather than just a cosmetic fix. However, if your teeth are chipped or stained, you may want to look into additional treatments, including porcelain veneers.

If you are interested in finding out more about porcelain veneers or Invisalign, contact the team at Jeanette Kern DDS today at 831-372-8011 at Dr. Kern’s office. Dr. Kern’s dental office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940.