Before your next dental appointment, here's what you should know about the pros and cons of veneers and clear aligners.
Veneers are little mouldings placed over the front of your teeth. Although many people get veneers to hide discoloured teeth or small gaps, they can also be used to straighten crooked teeth.
Clear aligners are an attractive alternative to braces. They're custom-made to fit your mouth, and they're replaced every few weeks. You can easily remove them on your own if you need to.
The costs involved depend on the extent of the treatment and which materials are used.
Porcelain veneers, for example, cost more than composite veneers. Veneers usually cost more in total than clear aligners, but not always. Ask your dentist for advice.
How Long They Last
The better you care for your veneers or clear aligners, the longer they last.
Veneers, when properly cared for, can last around 10 years. Don't eat hard, crunchy food, and use a mouthguard for contact sports.
The results from clear aligners can last a lifetime, but only if you use your retainer properly. Otherwise, your teeth might shift in place.
When Results Are Visible
Veneers improve your smile immediately. It can take a few months, or even a year or two, to see results from clear aligners.
Both treatments are considered safe for most patients.
Veneers have cosmetic benefits, but they do involve permanently altering the shape of the affected teeth.
Clear aligners can improve your bite and boost your oral health, even if they don't offer the same cosmetic benefit as veneers.
Ultimately, your dentist can help you decide whether veneers or clear aligners are right for you. For example, veneers might not work for you if you have very worn or damaged teeth, or you grind your teeth at night. On the other hand, if you need extensive dental work, like braces, clear aligners might not be the best choice and veneers could be better.
Sometimes, it might even be possible to have both. You can have clear aligners around some teeth and veneers around others, depending on your bite and the condition of your teeth.
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