The advancement of oral health technology is truly impressive.
It’s incredible to think how much this field has progressed in the last 20 years or so.
By using modern equipment, techniques, and instruments, we can provide patients with comfortable, effective, and time-saving services.
Today, we’re going to a breakdown the ins and outs of each of these methods, including the pros and cons and what each can be used to treat.
First up, Invisalign.
Invisalign are clear, custom trays that you wear on your teeth. For the most part, they are used in lieu of braces.
Situations to Consider Invisalign
Invisalign is commonly seen in adults who are looking to correct spacing, overbite, underbite, or crossbite issues. However, kids can also use them.
Pros of Invisalign
- Less noticeable than braces
- Fairly short timeframe for achieving results
- Easier to clean teeth than if you had braces
- Customized to fit your teeth
Cons of Invisalign
- Must be removed before eating
- Recommend that you brush teeth after you eat — can become tedious
- Tooth discomfort as they adjust to a new set of aligners
- Must be worn 22 hours per day
Veneers are porcelain shells that bond to the surface of the tooth, effectively making a thicker tooth wall.
Situations to use Veneers
Veneers can function as Invisalign, cosmetic bonds, or teeth whitening by taking care of the following issues:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Stained teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Teeth gaps
Pros of Veneers
- Veneers are extremely durable and can handle as much use as regular tooth enamel
- Veneers last a long time — 10 years at a minimum, but up to 20 years
- Stain resistant to beverages like coffee and tea
- Because they are crafted to look like natural teeth, they appear natural and are not noticeable
- The procedure is fast and painless and may take as little as 2 or 3 visits
Cons of Veneers
- They will need to eventually be replaced (after 10-20 years)
- The process is irreversible
- If you have unhealthy or weakened teeth, you may not be a viable candidate for veneers
Which is Best For You?
When it comes to deciding which option is best for you, it’s hard to come to the right decision without visiting a dentist. Not only do you have to factor in cost and timing, but a dentist can help you figure out which option will be most effective in terms of achieving your desired outcome.
As previously stated, not everyone will be eligible for veneers — depending on the current strength of your teeth.
If you are interested in Veneers, then Wayzata Dental is the perfect spot to schedule an appointment to learn more about the procedure and to discuss if you are a good candidate for them
At Wayzata Dental, we care about our patients and, above all else, want to make sure that they are satisfied with the services they receive while under our care. After visiting our offices, we promise you’ll be more confident in your teeth.
We understand that every pair of teeth is different than the next. Because of this, not every solution will be the same when it comes to getting you the smile you want. When you choose Wayzata Dental, we’ll help you choose the best procedure(s) to fit your personal needs.
If we find that your teeth have one or more of the conditions listed above, we may suggest porcelain veneers. It is the most efficient and painless process to get the results you want.
To schedule an appointment with Wayzata Dental, call us at 952-473-4900 or book now online!
We’re looking forward to seeing you!